Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cloudy, Snowing, & Cold (for now)

It is snowing!
Diagonal to horizontal snow in a mini squall right now at 8:00 am.
It is quite beautiful to behold.
The snow has also juiced up the wind which is now up to 9.5 mph!

Also, the snow we had heading into this weekend gave us over 119" for the season, which is about double the norm, and also helped Worcester pull ahead of Syracuse for more snow! See, it didn't really stick and still helped put us over the top! The best of all worlds!

This morning at 7:30 am the clear skies were just receding on the eastern horizon as clouds took over. There goes the nice weather folks! (From the top of the Cascades)

The Cascades are nearly FREE!
More or less the patches extend from the bridge to the lip of the Cascades, and they will undoubtedly soon connect all the way through.
(Here is a photo in poor lighting, but you get the idea.)
Lots of folks came by during the nice weather this Sunday to hike and to photograph the Cascades, and it was nice to see the trailhead so active.

HIKING NOTE: Up is easier than down. No, I don't mean on your knees, or in general. I mean that the refrozen snows and re-melted re-frozen ice is tricky on descent, especially on the Cascades switchback. Good traction, microspikes, or treking poles will be a real help.

AND, Ted made it to the Fontana Dam in NC and is about to enter the Great Smoky Mountain National Park!

The Cascading Waters Trailhead Conditions at 7:30 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 31.5 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 53% and steady;
Pressure is 29.71" of Hg and falling;
There is a light wind with 1-2 mph observed;
The skies are cloudy;
The Cascades Brook is running in both channels;
The Cascades are nearly free! Most of the falls are open!
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!

National Weather Service Forecast:

Scattered snow showers before 11am, then scattered rain showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.
Southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.  

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