We have mostly clear skies in the area today, after a chilly morning expect a nice warm day before we had back to February type weather late Saturday into early Tuesday.
An area of low pressure will be moving into California with some decent moisture for late April. Snowfall amounts from Main Lodge to the top look to be in the 10-16+ inch range with 3-6 inches in Mammoth Lakes and possibly 2-3 inches on 395 by Monday morning.
Snow levels will start around 8000 feet and come down to about 6000 feet on late Sunday into Monday so travelers need to be beware of possible chain controls on 395 from Crowley to Mammoth Lakes next Monday.
Mammoth Mountain Snow Report: Skiing and Riding out of the Main Lodge should be a blast with great coverage over the next few weeks. Lifts running this spring will be 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 23 and G1 and G2. Today into Sunday they are adding in chairs 4, 5 and 10. Closing day is set for Memorial Day.
Snow Conditions on Friday into Saturday look nice and soft with spring corn snow, winds should shift to the SW Saturday and that would let the top thaw nicely.
For Sunday and Monday conditions will be back to Winter again with powder and packed powder expected. The snow falling is expected to be heavy and wet on Sunday so there could be some decent turns to be had, but only out of Main Lodge. I would expect some lift closures on Sunday and again on Monday with Tuesday being the day for you bluebird lovers.
Mountain Biking: The season is on with trails and service roads below the 8000-foot level all melted out over the entire Eastern Sierra. The Bike Park is set to open May 28th, expect crews to be out soon clearing snow and getting the trails below chair 4 ready to go.
Right now there is some great riding out of the Shady Rest Area and Lower Rock Creek Canyon is also a blast. Check out my mountain bike report page for a list of trails that are now open in the area for you to ride.
Footloose is setting up there bike shop and should be open very soon. They will be offering Bike Rentals and Sales along with a complete Service and Repair shop. They have everything you need to start mountain biking in the Eastern Sierra.
Most of our Hiking Trails in the Mammoth Lakes area are still snow-covered, however, you can hike out of the Sherwin Trail on Sherwin Road up to the Sherwin Lakes. Still, some snow patches up high but this area is melting out fast.
All the town-paved trails below Twin Lakes are also melted at this time. Mammoth Rock Trail still has some snow up high and in the shaded middle sections but its now hike-able.
Down in Crowley Lake, the Mc Gee Trail is melting out fast and you can make it up to about 8500 feet from the reports I am getting. Out of Toms Place, Lower Rock Creek Trail is wide open for hiking
The Fishing Season will be on starting the last Saturday of April with more open water out there than we normally see. More campgrounds in the area will be opening up by the fishing opener, campground hosts who showed up last week are prepping things to go this week.
The Road down to Reds Meadow will not be opening early as there is a large amount of road and tree thinning to be done in that area this spring. What I am hearing is at the latest the road will be open for the July 4th holiday. And yes the shuttle buses will be back this Summer, operating under reduced capacity of some sort.
Mammoth Mountain Weather: For Friday and Saturday, we warm up with highs 7-10 degrees above average with increasing SW winds later on Saturday.
Highs at the 9000 foot level will be into the upper 40s to low 50s with overnight lows in the 20s. Winds will be SW at 15-30 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH over the higher elevations later on Friday with gusts to 50+ MPH possible on Saturday. Winds will be much lighter over the lower elevations
Down in Mammoth Lakes expect mid 50s the next couple days with Bishop into the low to mid 70s. Overnight lows will in the 20s in the high country with Bishop and Round Valley into the low 40s.
Then on Sunday, Winter will be making its comeback. Expect increasing clouds and moderate to strong winds with gusts to 80 -100 MPH possible over the top. Sunday night into Monday we are going to see moderate to heavy snow and snow showers likely at times.
Snow levels looks to start out high above 8000 feet and then drop down to around 6000 feet late Sunday into early Monday. That means snow down onto the upper sections of the Sherwin Grade are possible. Have your chains ready to show CHP and be ready to put them on if you don’t have snow tires or a 4 x 4.
So how much snow could we get Sunday into Monday, well there is a big mix coming in from all the weather models I look at so as of this afternoon the call will be 3-6 inches possible in Mammoth Lakes after some rain to start with. At Main Lodge 9-12+ inches with 12-16+ inches possible up top. It’s still Thursday so confidence in these numbers is low at this point.
The Mammoth Weather Guy did a Powder Outlook post on Tuesday, here is the link to that information.
Website News: Great news I will be bringing back our Video / Photo Reports and Adventures starting in early May. The early stages of video and photo production are taking place now with filming starting this week.
Along with fresh videos expect a whole new version of photo reports and daily images also starting in early May. All new videos will be broadcast in 4k here at the Website, on our YouTube Channel and on Facebook.
There will also be a Mammoth Snowman App coming this June.
Some good times ahead… Ski ya later, Snowman
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