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Winter Storm Watch For Southern Sierras (11-7-05)

Postby ERIC » Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:37 am

Forecasters Issue Winter Storm Watch For Southern Sierras

Monday, November 07, 2005 - 07:15 AM
Eric Nelson
MML News Editor

http://www.mymotherlode.com/News/article/kvml/1131376712

Sacramento, CA -- Mountain travelers are being warned that a winter storm watch remains in effect through tomorrow evening for the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

The National Weather Service says heavy snow and gusty winds are possible above the 7500 foot level.

Total accumulations of a foot or more are possible, with lesser amounts as low as 6500 feet. Gusty winds are expected to cause blowing and drifting slow.

A winter storm watch means there is a likelihood of significant snow accumulations that may effect travel.

Travelers are advised to carry chains, water, food and blankets, and to monitor the latest weather reports before traveling.



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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:05 pm

Mammoth Mountain is supposed to open Thursday, but it didn't look like much snow on the mountain.

Yesterday we were at 10,871' (McGee Mountain), just south of Mammoth. We were hiking in tank/t-shirts. No snow on McGee.

Looked like it was storming over Mammoth Mtn, but cleared up ~2 hrs later.

I was at Sonora Pass Saturday. So cold my camelback hose froze. Heard Sonora Pass closed today. (Tioga Pass too)
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Postby Skibum » Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:54 am

This storm turned out to not pack much of a punch. We only recieved a whopping .12 " of precip here at the 6500 ft. elev. Drove to Kings Canyon Overlook this morning and could clearly see the snowline at around 8000-8500 ft. Maybe the eastside/Mammoth faired better?
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Postby doug395 » Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:44 pm

I picked up new skis last week, so I had big eyes for this storm. Waiting to see what opening day looks like.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:55 pm

Snowman reported 6-8" of sierra cement at 9:30am this morning at the Main Lodge. Looked like it was snowing in the video. He'll have another video on opening day.

Doug, will you be there?
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Postby doug395 » Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:49 pm

Hi Snowy, Not this week, I was planning to come up next week. I’m sure you’ll be there this weekend, looking forward to some reports.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:05 am

We'll be there, and I'll post pics!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:33 pm

Wednesday, 11/9 update from Snowman:

"12-16 inches of new snow on Mammoth Mt. ! Wet Stuff!"

http://www.mammoth-snowman.com/

He's got a video showing what it looks like on the mountain, but I can't get to it at work. I'll look later.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:38 am

doug395 wrote:Hi Snowy, Not this week, I was planning to come up next week. I’m sure you’ll be there this weekend, looking forward to some reports.


Bring your rock skis. Pics tomorrow.
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Postby doug395 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:49 am

Thanks Snow Nymph, looks like vanilla rocky road, I'm going to wait for the next storm, maybe the big one will follow this high pressure system.
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