The winter storm warning has now been expanded to include all of Essex County. Snow is predicted to start late Wednesday afternoon and continue through much of Thursday with 6-10" total accumulation predicted. In most areas, this will fall on 4-6" of dense base (made denser by the 40 degree temperatures predicted for Tuesday), and this will have all trail is as good, if not better, shape than they have been all year!
The caveat in all of the above is that, as we all know, a coastal storm can shift course at the last minute and produce a radically different outcome from what has originally been predicted. We'll update on Thursday when we see what is actually happening; but even if we don't get the full amount the skiing will be good on most popular routes for the coming weekend.
As reported earlier, snowfall amounts varied widely. While the Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths are received 5-6 inches of dense, wet powder, Newcomb only received less than an inch. That was enough to "soften' the hard crust on the Newcomb Lake Road, but there is better cover elsewhere, including the southern Adirondacks.
Weather for the coming week calls for temperatures hovering around the freezing point every day with the chance of some more light accumulation. Next report on Tuesday, but only if the weather changes dramatically from the current stable forecast.
Jackrabbit Trail fully skiable.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg reports 35 km open
Paul Smith's VIC reports all 30 km open and groomed
Cascade X-C Center - no current report
Ausable Lake Road very skiable
Lake Colden again good, but hiking trail to Marcy Dam likely still quite rough. Truch Road good, however.
Other smooth roads including Fish Pond, Connery Pond, and Hays Brook in good shape.