Town of Mammoth Lakes urges safety with winter storm

News release

The Town of Mammoth Lakes has issued a Public Service Announcement notifying all residents and visitors to be prepared for a powerful Pacific storm bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions to Mammoth Lakes beginning Wednesday, January 16 through Friday, January 18, 2019.

In advance of the winter storm and anticipated periods of blizzard conditions, tonight’s scheduled Town Council meeting in Suite Z has been cancelled.

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Winter Storm/Blizzard Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 4:00am Friday, January 18 and a Blizzard Warning remains in effect for elevations above 7,000 feet from 10:00pm this evening to 7:00am Thursday, January 17, 2019.

The forecast is for heavy snowfall accumulations of 2 to 5 feet west of Highway 395 above 7,000 feet with blizzard conditions tonight into Thursday morning. Winds gusting as high as 125 mph over ridge tops are predicted for Mono County. During this period of time, travel is expected to be very difficult to impossible with zero visibility in whiteout conditions and possible road closures. Travel in the Sierra is not recommended tonight.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

In advance of the winter storm and anticipated periods of blizzard conditions, the Mammoth Yosemite Airport has closed. The airport is expected to re-open on Friday.

Transit Services

During the winter storm, transit services may be impacted or terminated by the worsening road conditions and poor visibility without notice. Transit passengers are encouraged to call ESTA at (760) 924-3184 or download the free Transit app.

Mammoth Unified School District Emergency Announcement

Due to the severe blizzard warning, MUSD has issued a RED DAY for Thursday, January 17, 2019. There will be no school tomorrow – stay home and be safe.

Also, tonight’s scheduled basketball games with Big Pine at Mammoth have been postponed.

Be Prepared!

  • This is a life threatening situation, especially in the higher elevations. Road crews and first responders may not be able to rescue you. Stay indoors until the snow and wind subside. Even a short walk could be deadly if you become disoriented.
  • Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours; 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.
  • Consider an alternative way to heat your home, stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions.

Public Information

The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 or Sierra Wave 92.5 for chain restrictions, road closures or shelter openings. The Town, as needed will post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 965-3612, Town e-News or online at: www.Townofmammothlakes.ca.gov. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

Non-Emergency Numbers

  • Mammoth Hospital: (760) 934-3311
  • Mammoth Lakes Police Department: (760) 965-3700
  • Mammoth Lakes Fire Department: (760) 934-2300
  • Mono County Sheriff: (760) 932-7549
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area On-Hill Emergency Hotline: (760) 934-0611
  • Caltrans – Current Highway Conditions: (800) 427-7623 or 511

Public Utilities

  • AmeriGas Propane: (760) 934-2213
  • Southern California Edison: (800) 611-1911 / Power Outage Website
  • Eastern Sierra Propane: (760) 872-2955

 

Stay safe!

 

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