[at-l] Jan 1 Mt. Washington

RockDancer rockdancer97 at comcast.net
Tue Jan 1 09:27:34 CST 2013

In the Northeast it's long been a traditional outing to ascend Mt.
Washington on the first day of the year. I've done the trip on 2 occasions.
The usual winter route is from Pinkham Notch up into Tuckerman's Ravine but
ascending the peak via Lion's Head Trail (winter route). Today's not a day
I'd be on Washington, and I sincerely hope no one is on the mountain. This
level of danger will prevent rescuers from heading above treeline, the risk
is too great. --RD

According to the higher summits forecast:



"With the passage of the cold front early this morning, winds will remain
gusty from the northwest, with temperatures plummeting through the day
towards the teens below zero. The rapid fall of the mercury will continue
overnight as arctic air funnels in behind the departing front, with very
cold temperatures accompanied by hurricane force winds. Another reinforcing
shot of chilly air will rush in behind a second cold front tomorrow, keeping
the mercury suppressed in the teens below zero, with continued gusty winds,
and generally foggy conditions.

Dangerously cold conditions, due to a building arctic air mass, will
continue to grip the higher summits throughout the forecast period. Wind
chills approaching 65 below zero at times will warrant extreme caution if
venturing above treeline. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little
as five minutes in these conditions, so be sure to be fully prepared for the
cold. In addition, strong northwest winds will continue to create blowing
snow and hazardous conditions."

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