It’s been a chilly Friday on the mountain, as we dance in and out of cloud cover and cold temps hovering in the 20s. But that hasn’t stopped the day hikers from flocking to the summit. Good thing we added an additional 48’ of picnic tables for folks to sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors (while also not feeding the wildlife, of course). In fact, there have been a few random flurries seem floating around singularly before disappearing into nothingness. Conditions are calm currently, but winds are expected to increase leading into the weekend with gusts upwards of 50mph. Temps will likely stay low in the teens and 20s during this cold snap, and the winds will surely add some bite. There is also a slight chance of rain mixing with sleet and light snow between now and Saturday, which could make roadways and trails hazardous at times. Have an alternate plan ready in case the NPS decides to close any road for weather related safety concerns. And having those traction devices handy would be a good idea.