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Memorial Day: Snow expected for Mammoth and Lake Tahoe

May 25, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles
  • Last July 1, skiers were still hitting the slopes at Mammoth. This year, the snowfall has been less than optimal, but snow is expected for this weekend.
Last July 1, skiers were still hitting the slopes at Mammoth. This year,… (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)

Now it snows?

After a disappointing winter for snow sports, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe are bracing for wintry storms during the Memorial Day weekend.

In Mammoth, the forecast for Friday is for an 80% chance of snow, with accumulations of a couple of inches overnight. Saturday’s forecast calls for a 40% chance of snow, with skies drying out Sunday and Monday. Highs by Monday were expected to reach into the 60s.

The ski area still has a base of 10-36 inches. Lifts still operating include Broadway, Facelift, Thunderbound and Chair 23. The Upper and Lower Panorama gondola will reopen for scenic rides and skiers this weekend.

Forecasters are calling for accumulatons of up to 6 inches in the high country Friday and Saturday, from a storm system dropping down from Canada. Snow levels were expected to reach 5,500 feet.

A warming trend should kick in Sunday and Monday, forecasters say. Until then, highs around the lake will be in the 50s.

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