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A rescue, another storm, record cold coming; what a week!

November 22, 2010

The storms of this past weekend came with some drama, when a Bishop man in his forties had to be rescued from a ravine where he had been injured during a fall, below the Campion Sparkplug Mine/ Jeffrey Canyon area in the White Mountains Sunday.

According to a Mono County Search and Rescue Team member, who wished to remain anonymous, the rescue took nine hours due to the steep and snow-slippery and terrain. A break in the weather did cooperate with the rescuers, however, and the man was eventually transported to Northern Inyo Hospital will non-life-threatening injuries.

The storm dumped as much as 82 inches on Mammoth Mountain (almost seven feet), with between two and three feet on the ground in Mammoth.

More weather is also on its way, this time with record breaking cold.

Another storm with another foot or more of snow is on its way later tonight, followed by record low temperatures between Wednesday and Friday, according to the Reno National Weather Service office.

The storm will come in later Tuesday and persist through Wednesday, dropping one to two feet in Mammoth and Mono County.

Right behind it will be a cold front, with possible record lows especially in Northern Mono County.

Bridgeport temperatures are forecast to drop to zero on Wednesday, then to 15 degrees below zero Thanksgiving Day, then climbing to nine degrees below zero by Friday, the weather service stated Monday on its website.

In Mammoth, temperatures are forecast to be between 10 degrees on Wednesday and eight degrees on Friday.

All of these temperatures will break all previous records for those days, if they occur as forecast.

The bulk of the snow will occur Monday night and into Tuesday afternoon, tapering off late Tuesday and into Wednesday, according to Mammoth's weatherman, Howard Sheckter.

"Cold and sunny is the word for Wednesday, with highs in the upper teens in town. It is “Face Mask” time for you skiers the next few days until the wind quits," he stated on his website Monday.

"By Thanksgiving day it should be pretty windless by afternoon ... it will be fair and not so cold with highs in the 30s Thursday with lows in the single digits. Friday will be windless and fair with highs in the 30s, lows in the teens and 20s," he stated.

Another storm might be on the horizon for the weekend, although the weather service said it is still too soon to tell. That storm is not expected to be as cold.

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