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A rain gauge half full

January 31, 2014

Photo by Sterling Schat

The Owens Valley woke up, happily, Friday morning to a blanket of snow down to 4,500-5,000 feet in the Sierra and a healthy blanket of white on the White Mountains (above) after the Eastern Sierra saw its first precipitation in what seemed like an eternity Thursday morning. The small storm dropped just over a foot on Mammoth Mountain and more at Lake Tahoe. Rain totals for Bishop reached .04 inches over 24 hours on Thursday with an additional spattering Friday night. According to forecaster Dennis Mattinson, the mountains may get more precip through the weekend, but the high pressure has returned, though weaker and positioned to, hopefully, allow more weather fronts to slide down over the Eastern Sierra. The weather will stabilize through this coming week with a possibility of more storm fronts coming next weekend.

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