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California Is Getting A Massive Amount Of Snow

by Kirsten Dobroth | December 15, 2016

There’s really no other way to put it – California is getting a massive amount of snow.
While areas all over the West – and parts of upstate New York and the Midwest – are seeing some big snowfalls over the course of this week and into the weekend, California is calling dibs on what is shaping up to be an enormous Thursday/Friday set of powder days. According to OpenSnow, resorts around California should see the highest snow totals with upwards of two feet throughout the day Thursday and into Friday, with Mammoth, Kirkwood, and June Mountain predicted to get nearly 3 feet from the storm. Thursday night should be a big night for the storm, which is expected to dump 16″ to 22″ overnight and into Friday morning.
June Mountain is set to open December 16th, which could mean the resort’s first day of the season would coincide with what could very well end up being their biggest powder day of the year. Just to it’s south, Mammoth‘s season is up and running, but with three feet of snow in the mix for the next few days, it should help lift the early season snow total and open new terrain. Tahoe’s Kirkwood might be predicted to accumulate the most snow up north, but resorts around Tahoe should see anywhere from 1 to 2 feet throughout the next two days from the storm. Sugar Bowl, Sierra at Tahoe, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows are all are tied within the top five predicted snow totals for the preweekend storm. with all three resorts expecting around 2 feet of snow.
If you plan on heading outside of the resort boundaries and checking out the backcountry, make sure to check out the local avalanche forecast, as the first few avalanche fatalities – including one in California – have already been reported this season, and snowpacks around the country have been variable and dangerous.

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