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The NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Mono County, CA starting Tuesday night through to Thanksgiving Night. The first real big storm of the season could dump up to 3-FEET on Mammoth Mountain over the course of the week.
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM TUESDAY TO 7 PM PST THURSDAY... * CHANGES...Upgraded the Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, except 10 to 24 inches west of Highway 395. Localized totals near 3 feet are possible over the multi-day period along the Sierra crest. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...Mono County. * WHEN...From 7 PM Tuesday to 7 PM PST Thursday. The worst conditions will be from overnight Tuesday through Wednesday evening. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blowing snow is possible further reducing visibility Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This storm is coinciding with one of the busiest travel periods of the year. With heavy snow expected, lengthy travel delays are likely and it could take 2-3 times longer to reach your destination.
Snow will begin Tuesday afternoon with 10-12″ expected overnight. Wednesday will see moderate to heavy snowfall, dropping a further 7-12″ throughout the course of the day. Snow will lighten but will continue throughout the week, potentially bringing a few more inches over Thanksgiving and into the weekend.
Breezy conditions through Tuesday will strengthen into Wednesday with gusts exceeding 60-mph potentially leading to lift holds at Mammoth.
Temperatures will drop gradually throughout the week, reaching a low of 10ºF on Thursday, with wind chill dropping below zero!
Mammoth Mountain was the first California resort to open, and with this storm and low temperatures perfect for snowmaking, it looks like winter can begin for real as we enter December.
The NWS is recommending that if you are traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, try to be at your destination by midday Tuesday.