Today's storm is forecast to leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskill Mountains. Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes will be needed as the snow deepens today. Extensive ice has formed on most trails, which the new snow will now hide, creating hazardous conditions.
It is expected that today's storm will leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the highest accumulations on mountain summits. This is on top of 4-12 inches that was already on the ground from past storms.
Road conditions are generally poor across the region today, as are trailhead conditions. It is unlikely that trailheads will be plowed today and it may be a day or two before all trailheads are accessible.
Prepare properly for your winter hike.
Expect Winter Conditions: Following today's storm, snow depths will exceed 12 inches in most area, with even more snow depth at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas (of which there are many). Those icy areas have increased dramatically since the thaw, melt and freeze cycles of the last few weeks.
In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911
For More Information: 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. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail maps, trail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.