2013-01-10 / Front Page

Temperatures bottom out at Tuolumne Meadows

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

It has been unusually cold in Mariposa, but it's downright balmy compared to the lows at Tuolumne Meadows.

The cold snap that covered the Western US this week also visited Tuolumne Meadows, and its icy grip could be felt for most of the week. 

There were three consecutive days where the low temperature was -17, -22, and    -21 respectively. This cold snap was followed by strong northeast winds that have left the ski conditions variable to say the least.

There is still some soft snow to ski out there, mostly below tree line, and there is also wind board, wind crust, and a sun crust on the sunnier slopes. The good news is that there is still excellent snow coverage and if one is creative they can find powder turns and good skiing. 

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