The warmth and rains are accelerating the sings of spring. Tops of stone walls are now reappearing. Paths creep open wider where thy had been shoveled. Seedling trees last sen months ago are slowly poking through the snow cover reemerging from their snowy depths. The depth of the snow pack is greatly reduced, but still deep enough to let you "punch through" and have snow above your ankles to creep down into your open boot tops.
Things are getting more spring like, but it is still a mixed and laborious hike for any length without snow shoes.
GWLT's Ted is now as far as Preaching Rock in Georgia, some 24.3 miles in.
Follow Ted at tedatgwlt.blogspot.com
7:00 a.m. Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (630' elev):
Temperature is 34.9 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 80% and steady;
Pressure is 29.41" of Hg and falling;
There is no wind movement;
Skies are grey and overcast with light mist falling;
The Cascades Brooks continue to open up down here in the valley, but are covered over more substantially in the higher elevations like at the Newton Trail Crossing;
The Cascades have a few open patches but are substantially still covered and frozen over;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!
National Weather Service Forecast:
Showers, mainly before 10am. High near 43. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.