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Workers at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area began making snow Monday night after temperatures dipped well into the 20s â€“ cold enough to start.
The snowmaking operation was still underway Tuesday afternoon on Broadway, with temperatures steady at 36 degrees and calm winds.
Snowmaking is possible only when the outside temperature is below 42.8 degrees F (six degrees C). On Monday night, the temperature at Main Lodge hovered in the mid- to low 30s for most of night, hitting its nadir at 29 degrees.