Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills through this weekend. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed on all trails due to the current snow depth (2-4+ feet) across the entire region.
Forecast: Light snow will fall across the region on Friday with a high around freezing. Snow showers and flurries will continue into Friday night with a low around 22 degrees. Snow flurries continue into Saturday with a high right around 32 degrees. By Saturday evening the skies start to clear and the low will be in the lower 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high in the lower to mid-30s.
Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (36 inches or more) at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region.
Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather also provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.
The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions at the CIC in Mount Tremper, NY.
Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.
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.
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 daily 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.