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9-28-2020 – 7:00 AM – Good morning and thanks for stopping by.

With the NE winds in the area, Mammoth Lakes and the entire Eastern Sierra is sitting under clear blue skies at this time. However, winds are expected to shift to the SW sometime on Tuesday and that will start to carry the smoke that is trapped to the west of us back into the area. How much smoke re-enters the area is anyone’s guess. 

The Into National Forest remains closed at this time, there is no set date to reopen yet. The current closure ends on October 1st and is being reviewed daily. There is a strong push to re-open, so we will see how that pans out this week. I will update as soon as they send me more information on what to expect later this week.

Current Conditions: Up at the top of Mammoth Mountain, the temperature is 38 with NE winds at 42 MPH gusting to 48 MPH, humidity is at 70%. Down at Main Lodge, the temperature is at 44 with light winds and the humidity is at 45%. 

In Mammoth Lakes, the temperature is sitting at 40, and Down in Bishop at this time it’s 59 with calm winds at this time.

Road Conditions: 395 is open and clear, watch out for Cal Trans construction crews on sections of the highway. All forest service roads are closed until further notice. Tioga Pass is opened for travel thru, however, they have also been requiring reservations made online ahead of your trip.

Fall Colors: Are starting to show up all over the Eastern Sierra right now. Once the Forest reopens I will be out getting some fresh images for you to enjoy, until then we have no access to the great Fall color photo opportunities.

Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Weather: For Mammoth Lakes highs will be in the 60s with overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s. NE winds will continue to be moderate over the higher elevations throughout the day today. For Bishop, highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s with nighttime lows in the 50s. .

Snowman out…

PS here is the latest from Mammoth Mountain on how things might run for winter operations 20/21.

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Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman Over the last 30+ years, Snowman has spent countless hours studying and learning about Mammoth Mountain Weather and Snow Conditions first hand. He has been skiing around the hill with marked ski poles since March of 1991 so he can measure the fresh snowfall amounts out on the hill. 

Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to in 2004 with Video & Photo Blog report. (No YouTube back then). Facebook got added to the fold back in 2008 and then the Facebook Group in 2016. 

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Ted’s Bio: Ted has been a full-time Meteorologist (CCM) for the past 25+ years. He has always been fascinated with the weather,” skiing was just a natural extension of my love for snow and rain. I started skiing at age 5,  first discovered Mammoth in 1979 as a youth, and have been a regular visitor since the late ’80s.”.

Here is the link to The WeatherGuy Page with all his great insights on the weather, updates happen every Tuesday and Friday by 5 PM during the ski season. 

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