Its a fine morning on the mountain. No winds, no rain. It’s a very quiet start to the day
compared to yesterday’s storms. The high yesterday reached 43 degrees. The overnight low only dropped down to 31 degrees. It’s currently 32 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The trails have trace amounts of ice so, traction will not be needed today. A “Winter Weather Warning” goes in effect at 6pm until 12pm on Thursday. Heavy snowfall is forecasted and we could receive 5-10” of fresh snow. All roads are open at this time. With the treat of snow US Hwy. 441 (Newfound Gap Road) will likely close so, plan accordingly. Another warmer day ahead with falling temperatures later today. High winds will be paired with this system so, the exposed areas of trails will likely slammed with snow pack. Stay tuned for pictures. Have a good day.
With the warm temps I took advantage of the day and took off for a run down Alum. Trails were extremely wet with every water source flowing strong out of the mountain. Making my way down I warmed up quickly.not far down the mountain I had to shed a layer and pressed on towards Inspiration Point. Taking some breaths and a drink of water I turned and headed back to camp. Lots of hikers out on the trail yesterday. The warm rocks felt great with the spring like weather. Moving up the mountain I forgot what the trail was like with no snow/ice. I moved much faster! The sun set fast and I drifted off earlier than normal. Today, I prepare for the snow apocalypse. Fill water, fill oil lamps, drink coffee, make bread, and drink more coffee. See you at the top!