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Weather report: Baby, it’s cold outside

December 28, 2012

 

No big snowstorms in forecasts

 

After producing six feet of snow in six days, Ullr, the Norse god of snow, is about to take a rest.

But Höðr, the Norse god of cold, strode into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra Wednesday night and it looks like he’s setting up camp for a while.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service said Thursday that temperatures plunged to minus 7 degrees Thursday morning in the U.S. Highway 395 Corridor near Crowley Lake, and by 8 a.m., the temperature at the Village was just 8 degrees above zero.

The forecasters at the weather service headquarters in Reno predicted another shot of cold air for tomorrow (Saturday), with just a few inches of new snow possible through the weekend.

“There are still no major systems showing up through the first week of January,” said forecaster Wendell Hohmann on Thursday morning.

However, Hohmann said, “a few inches of snow are possible for western Mono County on Saturday. The areas around Lee Vining and June Lake could receive even more snow if this weather pattern holds up.”

The main weather component will be in air temperature, not precipitation, he said.

During the next week, the High Country will continue to be cold with forecast high temperatures slowly inching upward into the low- to mid-20s beginning today and possibly busting through the 32-degree freezing mark, and possibly into the 40s, by mid-week.

Season snowfall totals have been prodigious. With the latest snowfalls, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area claimed 143.1 inches as of Wednesday evening—the second-biggest December snowfall on record.

Only in the record-setting snowfall year of 2010-11 had a bigger December, with the ski hill claiming 209 inches of snow.

The week’s forecast looked like this as of Thursday afternoon:

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Calm wind.

Fridaynight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. South wind around 5 mph.

Saturday:A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. South wind around 5 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 30.

Monday night:Mostly clear, with a low around 11.

New Year’s Day:Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

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