First big winter storm heads to Mammoth this weekend

The first big storm of the winter is expected to hit Mammoth and Mono County late this week, according to the Reno office of the National Weather Service.

As much as several feet of snow could fall on the Sierra crest with several inches on valley floors, beginning Friday and intensifying over the course of the weekend.

The storm " is an unusually vigorous system and almost guarantees some snow and travel issues while leaving the potential for more significant impacts ..." the weather service noted Tuesday, Nov. 16. "Temperatures will certainly be well below normal with daytime highs struggling to get out of the 30s Saturday and Sunday."

The storm is expected to be accompanied by strong winds as well, with possible blizzard conditions in Mammoth over the weekend.

It's time to get out that winter gear, find your chains and ice scrapers and get the winter survival car kit updated.