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Powder day for Mammoth

February 14, 2012

A ski patroller makes tracks Monday morning in the fresh powder received overnight at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Photo courtesy Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

The latest in a series of brief winter storms dumped eight inches of snow at the Mono County resort since Saturday, bringing the base at the mountain to an estimated 3-5 feet – above the ski area’s dismal levels earlier this winter (1.5-2.5 feet) but still far below where it was this time last winter (8.5-14.5 feet). Ski area prognosticators expected another seven inches of the white stuff before the day was over Monday, but according to other forecasts, that could be all she wrote for the rest of the week. Weather.com, for instance, forecasts a 20 percent chance of snow today in Mammoth, followed by zero precipitation until a 10 percent chance of snow on Friday. The snow storm that threatened to leave several inches on the Owens Valley floor Monday never materialized, and today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of rain followed by clear skies. Mammoth-based meteorologist Howard Schecter has said the current dry spell is likely to continue until March, which could be the wet month many have been waiting for.

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