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Planning an Adirondack hike this week? Maybe don’t

Jack Frost might do a little more than nip at the noses of outdoor enthusiasts over the next couple days, the state Department of Environmental conservation is warning.

DEC is urging hikers and others headed into the Adirondack backcountry through the upcoming holiday weekend to take precautions against hypothermia and frostbite. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the region for Wednesday as chills dip to -15 to -25. DEC warned that such chills could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

The potential wind chill temperature at the summit of Mt. Marcy on Wednesday is -43.

High temperatures through New Year’s weekend are forecast to hover between the single digits above and below zero, according to DEC.

DEC suggests that you:

  • Wear items of clothing to cover all skin including:
    • Layers of synthetic or wool winter clothing
    • Warm socks and winter boots
    • Insulated, wind resistant upper and lower outer shell
    • Hat and gloves or mittens
    • Scarf or ski mask
    • Goggles or glasses
  • Hike, snowshoe, and ski on low elevation, wooded trails
  • Spend only short periods of time in the outdoors
  • Avoid high elevation summits and other exposed areas
  • Winds will create low wind chill temperatures band white out conditions; if you do go despite the warnings, be sure to carry a sleeping bag and shelter.

Or, just kick it here in Albany, where the NWS forecast calls for wind chills as low as -6 Wednesday and as low as -15 on Thursday. By Friday, we’ll be back up to a more balmy high of 12. 

High temperatures are forecast to hover in the low teens through next week. 
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