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Friday, August 18, 2017

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A series of significant storms with “Excessive amounts of snow” are forecasted to impact the sierra and Mammoth Lakes over the next several days. Snow accumulation thru Thursday is estimated at 8-10 feet at the highest elevations, with 4-5 feet in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning thru 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2010. The coldest and strongest storm is expected to arrive on Thursday.

The combination of snow and wind will combine for hazardous driving conditions. Periods of blizzard conditions with low visibility are possible causing potential travel delays and periodic road closures.

The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT-FM106.5 and Sierra Wave-FM92.5 for chain restrictions and temporary road closures.

The Town will also post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 934-8054, and on the following websites: www.visitmammoth.comwww.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us

To report emergencies along HWY 395 or SR 203, please call 911. For all other emergencies within Mono County, call Mono County Dispatch at (760) 932-7549 ext 7.

In preparation for the winter storm, the Town encourages both residents and visitors to prepare travel plans that can be altered based on changing road conditions. Please contact Caltrans in California at 511, outside California: (800) 427-7623, or visit the website: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo for the latest road conditions.

In the advent of extended road closures, or power loss, the Town advises residents and visitors to stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions. You may also consider an alternative way to heat your home; and if you have to drive, fuel up your vehicle in advance, always carry chains, a cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags.

The Town also has some snow smart advice to keep you and your family safe this winter:

  • Child Safety—Please keep children indoors while snow removal operations are underway.
  • Pedestrian Safety—Don’t watch snow removal operations from the edge of the road.
  • Back Off—Keep a safe distance (40+ feet) when driving/standing behind snow removal equipment.
  • Slow Down—The maximum speed when chain controls are in effect is 25 mph.
  • Protect your property—It is a violation to park on any Town roadway from November thru April. Please park your vehicle well inside the orange snow stakes.
  • Light it Up—Leave the exterior lighting of your home on at night during winter storms.

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