January 4, 2008

Storm of the Half-Century

Did I really just hear the TV News say they're expecting snowfall rates of 7+ inches per hour in the Sierra?

I also heard some forecasters are also saying this may be the biggest snowfall event in the last fifty years. Residents of Mammoth apparently got "reverse 911" calls warning them to stock up on supplies, as they may be stranded by the storm for days.


No rain down here in SoCal as yet, but you can bet we're keeping a close eye on the sky and the mountains.

UPDATE: Lots of Rain now in West LA. Also: ESAC's advisory says ridgetop wind gusts of 150 to over 200 mph are possible.

Looks like south winds will be a factor in this storm for SoCal, which is potentially good news for the San Gabriel Mountains. Last time something like this came through, we saw 7 feet of new snow at Mt. Baldy Ski Area. Of course, the big factor is temperature. It can just as easily pour 7 inches of rain on the San Gabriels.

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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