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April 8th, 2015
The first winter storm of the year dropped about 14 inches of powder at the 8,200 foot level in Mammoth and 18 to 24 inches on Mammoth Mountain, including the crest, according to Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter, Wednesday, April 8. Another storm is possible next week, Sheckter said.
A winter storm is expected to last into the evening Tuesday, April 7, and drop as much as a foot above 8,000 feet elevation. By 5 p.m in Mammoth, at about 8,000 feet elevation, the snow was about six inches deep. The storm caused some problems to drivers headed up and down the road to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area today according to Mammoth Lakes Police, forcing the closure of the road to Main Lodge for several hours due to vehicles off the roadway, vehicles blocking the road in front of tow trucks and other weather-related accidents. The road is now open, as of 4 p.m. April 7.
Dave McCoy takes a reading on the snowpack depth, circa 1940s.
A winter-like spring storm system will push into the Eastern Sierra early Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected during the daytime hours but also with snow continuing into the night and into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, which posted a "Winter Weather Advisory' beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 (http://tinyurl.com/pommzxv). Four to eight inches of snow is expected at the lower elevations with as much as one foot expected above 8,000 feet on the Sierra crest.
The Mammoth Community Water Districtâ€™s (MCWD) Board of Directors voted to raise the Districtâ€™s water shortage conditions from Level 2 to Level 3 at a special meeting on April 1.
The Level 3 restrictions will go in to effect on April 10. The meeting was convened following the mechanical failure of two of the Water Districtâ€™s groundwater production wells and a record low snowpack water content measurement on Mammoth Pass, which found that conditions were 98 percent below normal conditions, the lowest April 1 reading ever recorded since 1931.
It was cold start today, but it has been followed by milder temperatures this afternoon and into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Spring Expo, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, April 4
Head over to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area from 8:30a.m. to 2 p.m. between Chair 1 and Chair 11 at the big expo tent and try out a mono-ski, bi-ski or ski-bike and help raise money for DSES at the same time. For more info, call DSES at 760-934-0791 or go to www. SpringExpo.com
Ezakimak! April 4
A dismal snowpack, measured at one inch of precipitation on Mammoth Pass on March 30 instead of the average for that date of about 42 inches of water, and equally low in the rest of the Sierra, triggered Governor Jerry Brown today, April 1, to issue an executive order requiring all water districts to cut back on water use by 25 percent.
The Mammoth Community Water District board of directors will consider increasing water use restrictions tonight, April 1 at a special water district meeting. The meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the district facility located one mile east of Old Mammoth Road on Meridian Boulevard, just off Highway 203. The meeting is open to the public. For more information on what the proposed Level Three water restrictions will mean, go to http://www.mcwd.dst.ca.us/ and look under "Conservation" then go to the link to the "Water Conservation Ordinance" item.
The Mammoth Community Water District and representatives from the local air pollution control district, as well as other entities involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a proposed geothermal plant, will be in court today before Judge Stan Eller to argue their case regarding a proposed, new, 33-megawatt geothermal power plant.
Local metal worker and artist Kevin Scott, of KS Metal Works, at work on a creation in his Mammoth studio.
A run-snowshoe-ski race from the base of Mammoth Mountain (9,000 feet) to the summit (11,053 feet) is set for Saturday, April 4. It begins at 4 p.m. with the race at 7 p.m.
It follows the Kamikaze downhill mountain bike trail, except backward (hence Ezakimak).
See the schedule online via Mammoth Mountain
Dine out at Roberto's while supporting a great cause, the Fourth Grade Sacramento Trip to the state capitol, planned for later this year. Roberto's will donate a percentage of sales from lunch and dinner on Tuesday, March 31 to the Fourth Grade Sacramento Trip, where future leaders will learn how their government works.
Snowcreek Athletic Club is celebrating April Fools Day, with their No Foolin' Try Us For Free Day! From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, Snowcreek Athletic Club is offering you a "freebie" to come work out, swim or take a fitness class. Go to http://SnowcreekAthleticClub.com to plan your free day.
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational. The Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks.
Visitors are urged to drive slowly and with caution, as wildlife may be present on or near the roadway.