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Possible flashfloods this afternoon

September 12, 2011

Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter predicts possibly heavy rains this afternoon, and the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting as much as one inch per hour rainfall intervals this afternoon. A NWS "Flashflood Warning" goes into effect at 1 p.m. today.

"Today may be the day for heavy rain," Sheckter wrote on his website today. "A day of heavy rainfall for areas from about Mammoth Lakes to the Alpine County line and on both sides of the crest especially west of the Sierra Crest, west of Bridgeport."

"Not bad for September," he said.

He added that the Mammoth area got almost a half inch of rain since the weekend began, for a total of .45 inches.

The high country got their precipitation in the form of the first snow of the season, with light snow above June Lake, Convict Lake and other local areas and heavier snowfall above Tioga Pass and on the White Mountains to the east of Mammoth.

The National Weather Service noted that the weather is expected to dry out beginning Wednesday, with dry weather predicted for the coming weekend.

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