Winter’s chill is struggling to let go as we are still experiencing mornings around the freezing mark. Hopefully after this weekend we finally make the jump into a consistently warm temperature range. Probably just as the lowlands welcome in summer! In the meantime, be sure and watch for frosty patches until the sun has a chance to adequately thaw the ground, even as far down as some of the trailheads. Skies will see a mix of sun and clouds today, with the latter increasing as the hours pass by. There is a slight chance for some rain showers later this evening and into early Friday. Winds could gust as much as 25 mph at times along the peaks. Looking ahead to the weekend, conditions should be rather pleasant but still on the cool side. An extra layer or two would be a good thing to have with high temps hanging around in the 40s and 50s. Our region is now enjoying 14 hours of daylight, giving hikers a great deal of time to enjoy the mountains. Soon the evenings will be filled with the chirps of spring peepers and cicadas, and illuminated by the captivating blink of fireflies.