So much for the drought, and so much for man-made snow.
The series of storms sweeping through California will put the all-important Sierra Nevada snow-pack well above normal and--more important for skiers, snowboarders and resort operators--deposit enough natural snow to keep the landscape white throughout the season.
The accompanying photos were emailed today from Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra. Mammoth has a base of 7-12 feet and received two feet of snow during the last 24 hours.
Resorts in the Lake Tahoe area and Southern California also are getting inundated, which is good except there are bound to be tragic stories of search-and-rescue missions and fatal avalanches over the next week or so. That never fails so keep that in mind if you're tempted to stray beyond resort boundaries for some back-country powder. Have fun, but don't become a statistic.
-- Pete Thomas
Photos courtesy of Mammoth Mountain