The phones are still down in Markleeville this morning, and the outage spread to Woodfords and eastern Alpine County on Tuesday, prompting concerns about emergency response. I’ve sent a note to Frontier seeking information about the outage and when Alpine folks can expect to get it fixed.
Meanwhile, a winter storm is expected to hit Alpine and other Sierra counties today, with snow levels down to 6,000 feet, and several inches of snowfall possible above 7,000 feet. If you’re going over the mountains, especially later today, be prepared for some weather. The National Weather Service is saying the biggest effects will be from Ebbetts Pass south crossing the Sierra and on Conway and Deadman summits on Highway 395 in Mono County.
To say it’s raining this morning might be an overstatement, but it’s definitely drizzling. It’s not cold enough to freeze, but there’s some water on the roads, and the wind’s out of the north. Expect more of that today, with the high climbing another 10 degrees to 56. We’re looking at about a tenth of an inch of rain, so don’t expect a drought-buster.