Whiteout Conditions Obscure Visibility at California's Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Parts of the Sierra Nevada mountain range were under “extreme” avalanche warnings on Thursday, January 28, after a winter storm brought snow totals up to 76 inches in some locations, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The NWS said the High Sierra section of the Sierra Nevada saw between 27 and 76 inches of snowfall by 9:30 am on Thursday. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area said its storm total as of 9:45 am was between 69 and 82 inches of snow.

This footage shows whiteout conditions at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Thursday. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area said a blizzard warning was in effect through Friday morning, adding that operations at the ski area would be “very limited” throughout the storm.

“There will be extensive avalanche mitigation work happening across the mountain and absolutely no uphill access allowed on the resort at this time,” Mammoth Mountain Ski Area said on its website. Credit: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area via Storyful

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