Eastern Sierra Storm Updates

UPDATE 12-19-10

WINTER STORM WARNING EXTENDED TO 4:00PM MONDAY

Mammoth Lakes, CA A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2010. Periods of very heavy snow are likely today and tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 3-6 feet above 7,500 feet, and 1-2 feet down to 6,500 feet are forecast. Overall snowfall totals of 5-10 feet are likely in the Sierra above 7,000 feet.

As of 8:00 a.m. Mammoth Mountain received 33-46 in the last 24 hours. Since Friday, the storm total is 6 feet to 8 feet. The Mammoth Ski & Snowboard J4/5/6 Team programs are optional today. Please visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH for updated snow conditions.

Road Conditions

HWY 395: Chains or snow tires are required from 25 miles north of Bishop to the Junction of SR203 (Mammoth Lakes) R1 Chain restrictions.

HWY 395: Chains are required on all vehicles except 4WD vehciles with snow tires on all wheels from 8 miles noth of SR203 to the south junction of SR158 (June Lake Loop) R2 Chain Restrictions.

SR 203: Chains are required on all vehicles except 4WD vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels from Junction HWY 395 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn R2 Chain Restrictions.

There is a potential for significant snow accumulations and gusty winds that may create hazardous winter driving conditions over passes and in wind prone areas along HWY 395. Significant travel delays and road closures are possible.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

TheMammoth Yosemite Airport is currently closed. All Horizon Air and United flights have been cancelled for today.

Be Prepared

The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 and Sierra Wave 92.5 for any road closures or shelter openings. The Town will also post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 934-8054 and www.Townofmammothlakes.com. Call Caltrans at (800) 427-7623 for updated road conditions and chain restrictions. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

In preparation for the winter storm, the Town advises residents to stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions. You may also consider an alternative way to heat your home; and if you have to drive, carry chains, make sure your gas tank is full, bring a charged cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags and a shovel.

Stuart Brown
Recreation Manager & Public Information Officer
Town of Mammoth Lakes
Recreation Department
P.O. Box1609 / 437 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760 934-8989 ext. 210
Cell: 760 914 0699
E-mail: sbrown@ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us
www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us

UPDATE 12-18-10:

Night of Lights at Mammoth Mountain

UPDATED Schedule of Events

5:30pm Live DJ Entertainment

6:30pm – Night of Lights Show w/ Fireworks

7:30pm Live Music by Donavon Frankenreiter, Inside Canyon Lodge

There will not be guest parking at Canyon Lodge.

– The Village Gondola will run through 10:30pm tonight (weather permitting)

– Park and Ride Shuttle service is available at Eagle Lodge, Mammoth High School, the Village

UPDATE from Town of Mammoth Lakes 12-18-10:

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4:00PM SUNDAY

AWinter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2010 above 7,500 feet. Snow will continue in the Sierra through Monday. The heaviest snow is expected tonight through Sunday with snowfall rates of 2-4 inches open hour. Overall snowfall totals of 5-10 feet are likely in the Sierra above 7,000 feet.

As of 7:00 a.m.Mammoth Mountain received 32-54 in the last 24 hours. All Mammoth Ski & Snowboard Team programs have been cancelled.

Road Conditions

HWY 395: Chains or snow tires are required from 17 miles north of Bishop to the South Junction of SR 158 (June Lake Loop).

SR 203: Chains are required on all vehicles except 4WD vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels from Junction HWY 395 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn.

There is a potential for significant snow accumulations and gusty winds that may create hazardous winter driving conditions over passes and in wind prone areas along HWY 395. Significant travel delays and road closures are possible.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

All Horizon Air and United flights have been cancelled for Saturday, December 18, 2010.

Be Prepared

The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 and Sierra Wave 92.5 for any road closures or shelter openings. The Town will also post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 934-8054 andwww.Townofmammothlakes.com. CallCaltrans at (800) 427-7623 for updated road conditions and chain restrictions. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

In preparation for the winter storm, the Town advises residents to stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions. You may also consider an alternative way to heat your home; and if you have to drive, carry chains, make sure your gas tank is full, bring a charged cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags and a shovel.

Stuart Brown
Recreation Manager & Public Information Officer
Town of Mammoth Lakes
Recreation Department
P.O. Box1609 / 437 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760 934-8989 ext. 210
Cell: 760 914 0699
E-mail:sbrown@ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us
www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us

UPDATE: Mammoth-Yosemite Airport closed as of Friday, December 17. The Town of Mammoth issued the news that the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for periods of very heavy snow and gusty winds beginning Friday evening into early Saturday and again from Saturday night through Sunday. They report that snow accumulations of 3 to 8 feet above 7,000 feet are possible. Hourly snowfall rates may exceed 2-4 inches per hour during the strongst portion of the storm, according to the Town. Sierra Wave Forecaster Dennis Mattinson said as much as 9 to 11 feet of snow could fall on Mammoth Mountain through Tuesday and as much as 4 feet in Town.

Heavy winter storms are no surprise right now, but the one headed our way might cause floods and snow complications. That news caused Inyo law enforcement to get prepared. oldmammothrd

Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze said that depending on how the storm moves in and how it behaves, Inyo could experience snow at the 8,000 or 9,000 foot level. More significantly as much as five inches of rain could fall in less than eight hours.

Oak Creek and Bishop Creek areas remain concerns for flooding. Sheriff Lutze said that he and others would convene an emergency Unified Command meeting today so in case of weather problems they will all be prepared to respond.

In Mammoth Lakes, Stuart Brown put out the word that residents and visitors should be prepared for periods of blizzard conditions and heavy snow sytarting Friday, December 17th through Sunday, December 19. Mammoth’s press release says, “The National Weather Service ahs issued a winter storm watch for periods of very heavy snow and gusty winds beginning Friday evening into Sunday. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 feet above 7,000 feet, with up to a foot of snow below 7,000 feet are possible.”

The Town of Mammoth adds that there is a “potential for significant snow accumulations and gusty winds that may create hazardous wintere driving conditions over passes and in wind prone areas along Highway 395. Significant travel delays and road closures are possible.”

The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared, listen to local radio and check our website for road closures or shelter openings. You can also call Mammoth Lakes’ public information line at 760-934-8054. In preparation for the storm, the Town advises residents to stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditons. Officials advise that you consider an alternative way to heat your home. Carry chains and make sure your gas tank is full. Carry a charged cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags and a shovel. In case of an emergency, dial 911.

 
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