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The Mojave Desert and Southern Great Basin Heavy Snow Event
of February 11-13, 2001


Paul Skrbac
National Weather Service
Las Vegas, Nevada

Between Sunday February 11th and Tuesday February 13th one of the biggest storms in years, if not decades, impacted portions of southeast California and southern Nevada. Snowfall amounts between two and three feet were common above 4000 to 5000 feet with amounts up to 3 1/2 feet reported along highway 190 in Death Valley National Park between the 4000 and 5000 foot level. Many spotters and law enforcement officials reported this storm as one of the biggest in their memories, if not the biggest! The worst hit area was in the far southern portion of Inyo County. Along highway 395 in the Owens Valley from south of Olancha to the Kern County border two to three feet of snowfall was reported. Three or more feet of snowfall was also common along highway 190 in Death Valley National Park, particularly around Townes Pass, Father Crowley Point, and Darwin. Even portions of southern Nevada received storm totals between 18 and 24 inches above 4500 to 5000 feet. The following is a list of three-day storm totals reported from area cities, spotters, and law enforcement officials:

CALIFORNIA
Aspendell (above Bishop at 8500 ft) 43.5 inches
Townes Pass (hwy 190 at 5000 ft) 36-42 inches
Father Crowley Point (hwy 190 at 4000 ft) 36-42 inches
Darwin (Hwy 190 at Olancha Darwin Rd) 36 inches
Dunmovin (S end Owens Valley 3600-4000 ft) 36 inches
Olancha 18-24 inches
Bishop 13.1 inches
Independence 12 inches
Lone Pine 10 inches
NEVADA
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (Lee Canyon) 26 inches
Dyer 24 inches
Mount Charleston 24 inches
Pioche 16-18 inches
Goldfield 16-18 inches
Tonopah 16-18 inches
Dry Valley (near Echo Canyon State Park) 10-11 inches
Beaver Dam State Park 8-9 inches
Panaca 7.5 inches
Silver Peak 5 inches
ARIZONA
Diamond M Ranch (N of Peach Springs) 7 inches
Hualapai Mountain Lodge 6 inches

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