Mammoth Road Conditions
Mammoth Lakes receives some of the heaviest snowfalls anywhere in
California. But day after day, no matter how much, how heavy, or how
rapidly the snow falls, we count on our snow removal crew to efficiently
return our streets to drivable condition. During the winter, this
crew works diligently to keep Mammoth Lakes streets and roads snow-free
and clear to ensure safe driving for our residents and visitors. You
can help their efforts by observing a few simple rules.
For updated road information, call 1-800-427-7623 (800)
For the current weather forecast call 760-934-7669 or visit
our weather predictions page for all the details
from the National Weather Service, and other suppliers.
traveling in the Eastern Sierra during winter months are advised
to carry tire traction devices (chains) at all times. Drivers failing
to observe the chain controls will be required to stop their vehicles
and chain up. If you do not have your tire traction devices with
you, you will not be able to continue your trip. When you're installing
your tire traction devices, pull well off the roadway onto the shoulder
of the road. Do not stop in the traffic lanes to install or adjust
your tire traction devices. There are three different categories
for communicating to the public the degree of hazard present on
snow and ice covered roadways.
What do those R1, R2, R3 signs mean?
R1 - Tire traction devices or snow tires required on all vehicles
R2 - Tire traction devices on all vehicles except 4WD with snow
R3 - Tire traction devices on all vehicles
ROAD CONDITION PHONE NUMBERS
CALIFORNIA ROADS 800-427-7623 800-GAS-ROAD
NEVADA Roads - 877-697-6237 877-NV ROADS
Excessive speed is the major cause of traffic accidents during
winter. Coupled with the cockiness of thinking you don't need chains,
when you do, or the realization that you don't know how to drive
in snow cause accidents. PLEASE OBSERVE THE LAW. The Mammoth
Police Department has little tolerance for drivers who don't follow
the safety rules. Winter road conditions leave very little margin
for driver error and very little opportunity for safe, quick braking.
Going too fast definitely increases your chances of being involved
in an accident. SLOW DOWN.
a storm, many roads will soon be clear, but there are places throughout
town, especially in shady areas, where there will be patches of
black ice for some time. So be on the lookout for these spots and
slow down before you get to them.
Because of Mammoth's huge snowfalls and the need to remove snow
from the roads, there is virtually no permitted parking on any Town
roads during the winter months from Nov.1st to April 30th. For further
clarification about a particular parking area call the Mammoth Lakes
Police Department during office hours 760-934-2011 ext. 0.
Big storms create stress on everyone.
There are tire traction devices to deal with, decks and driveways
to clear, and just getting around can be more of a problem. So please
remember, patience and courtesy
go a long way.