12-8-2021 @ 8:15 AM – Good Wednesday morning and thanks for stopping by Mammoth Snowman.
The good news today is the pattern is officially changing now to a wet one after 42 days of mostly dry days. If you’re coming to the Mammoth Lakes area over the next 7-10 days keep checking the weather as it’s going to get extreme early next week.
By late Sunday the area will be into an extended period of excessive snowfall above 7000. At some point, there could be road escorts or closures on 395 due to wind blowing the new snow around. As of now, the most extreme travel looks to be late Monday into early Wednesday with snow levels coming down to Bishop along with very strong winds.
Checking on current conditions this morning, there are clear skies over the area at this time. The temperature at the Main Lodge is 32 with an SSW wind at 13 MPH gusting to 30 MPH.
Up top, the temperature is 22 with winds out of the WSW @ 23 MPH with gusts to 28 MPH. Humidity levels are in the 80s and 90s so snowmaking is off at this time, but is expected to resume after storm two moves thru.
If you’re going to be out on the hill on Windy Wednesday you can expect clear skies with a southwest wind @ 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon with gusts to 50+ MPH mid-mountain.
Highs will be the mid-30s with mornings lows in the mid-20s. Layer up it’s going to feel cold after weeks of warm days out on the hill.
For the fully detailed recreational weather forecast and long-range outlook use this link.
Roads and Travel Alert: The next system moves into the area on Wednesday night and looks to offer 5-10 inches of new snow for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Down on 395, you can expect snow levels to drop about halfway down the Sherwin Grade. 2-3 Inches of snow is possible on the road from Toms place to the Mammoth Lakes exit on Thursday so expect chain controls.
Mammoth Mountain Snow Conditions: New snow should be on the ground for Thursday morning. However beware of the fact the base is extremely low tide, this is not a search and seak powder event. Stick to the groomers for the best experience and wait for next week’s impending dump for search and seek missions.
If next week’s storm comes thru you can expect the entire hill to open next Friday, December 17th, Do Not Expect Canyon Lodge to open before that.
To get the full details on the snow conditions, snowmaking, and mountain operations, use this link.
Weather Photo: In the image below Mammoth Mountain would be getting hammered with excessive amounts of snowfall. Confidence is high that Mammoth gets snow, but low on a Major dumper with that part of the forecast still a week out.
If you have a property in Mammoth and have been lagging on snow prep better do it now or forever hold your peace.
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