Forecast: The weekend is looking to be seasonable cool, with snow showers and flurries across the Catskills with the potential for heavier snow Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning depending upon the track of a coastal storm.
Look for mostly sunny conditions on Friday with a high around freezing (32) and a low Friday night in the low 20s. Saturday will start off partly cloudy and the chance for snow showers and snow increases into the afternoon and evening. The high should be in the low 30s and the low Saturday night should be in the low 20s. There is a chance of snow showers and potentially heavier snow throughout Saturday night into Sunday with an accumulation of few inches of snow. Sunday will be the colder day of the weekend with a high in the upper 20s and snow showers throughout the morning. Sunday afternoon may see some clearing and partly cloudy conditions by the evening.
Stay alert to changing weather conditions! The storm bringing snow showers to the region over the weekend has the potential to bring more snow to the region with small changes to its track. Be prepared for winter conditions in the Catskills this weekend!
Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads and their access roads remain open. The Platte Clove Mountain Road has officially closed for the season, but is not currently gated.
Trail Conditions: The mountains saw variable temperatures and some rain over the last week. At the highest elevations, ice has started to build up. Traction devices should always be carried, due to icy conditions at higher elevations. Snow depths, where they exist are insignificant throughout the mountains and there is no need for snowshoes. Expect trails to be generally dry, with ice and limited snow present at higher elevations.
Springs and streams are generally running throughout the Catskills. Remember to treat all surface waters before drinking.
The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.
Hunting Season: Rifle season for deer hunting runs through December 10th (Sunday). There are also seasons for turkey, bear, bobcat and other small mammals. For all the details about hunting seasons, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a website with extensive seasonal information on all of the different hunting seasons, their geographic areas and additional information for both hunters and those who wish to recreate during the fall hunting season. Hikers, walkers and anyone planning on being in the woods who is not a hunter, should always be aware of the hunting regulations in the area where they are recreating and should always wear blaze orange during hunting seasons to reduce the risk of any incidents. Don’t forget to watch your pets too! Dogs should be wearing blaze orange when they are in the woods with you during hunting seasons and should always remain under your control to avoid incidents.
For More Information: Be sure to stop and visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates and trail maps and guides are available in the gift shop.