You don’t see many Blizzard Warnings in California. More of a Great Plains thing…
Definition of a Blizzard:
A blizzard occurs when you can’t see for 1/4 mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more. The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.
Mammoth the town is forecast to see 6-12″ of snow today and a ton of wind.
Mammoth has gotten 20″ of new snow in the past 48-hours and 227″ this season.
BLIZZARD WARNING FOR MAMMOTH, CA TODAY:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 1157 AM PST SUN JAN 31 2016 MONO-MINERAL AND SOUTHERN LYON COUNTIES- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BRIDGEPORT...MAMMOTH LAKES... HAWTHORNE...YERINGTON...SMITH VALLEY ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST MONDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED. * TIMING: SNOW AND WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. THE MOST DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WILL BE AFTER 10 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. * ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 395...6 TO 12 INCHES. EAST OF HIGHWAY 395...4 TO 8 INCHES. * WINDS: NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 30 MPH AFTER 10 PM TONIGHT WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. SIERRA RIDGES GUSTING UP TO 90 MPH TONIGHT. * VISIBILITY: DROPPING TO NEAR ZERO AFTER 10 PM TONIGHT. * IMPACTS: DANGEROUS TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. EXPECT ZERO VISIBILITY AND DRIFTING SNOW ALONG HIGHWAYS 395...6...AND 95.