Local Mammoth residents weren't the only ones surprised by Monday's deeper-than-expected snowfall.
National Weather Service meteorlogist Scott McGuire said the agency "didn't see that one coming," referring to the 10-plus inches of snow that feel on the higher elevations of Mammoth and on Mammoth Mountain.
Even more snow fell above 10,000 feet.
In contrast, the mountains in the Lake Tahoe region received six-to-eight inches, and Truckee received six inches.
The weather service reported the only place in the Sierra that received more snow Monday than the Mammoth area was Soda Springs, near the I-80 corridor on the west side of the Sierra crest,
Lee Vining and the Mono City area weighed in at about six inches, Crowley Lake and points south were at about one-to-two inches.
The storm also gave the highest elevations of the entire Sierra crest about a foot of snow all the way to the Kings Canyon area, McGuire said.