Gusty west and northwest winds accompanied a few inches of dry new snow that fell above 10,000 ft in the Tioga Pass area yesterday. An inch of two fell at the highest elevations in the Mammoth area. Winds gusting at the top of Mammoth Mountain reached 80 mph yesterday afternoon. After a cold night, today's clear skies, light winds and 15 degrees of warming will give the snow surface quite a shock. By tomorrow, the weather roller coaster heads back down to cold temperatures and there is a good chance of 10-12 inches of new snow by Friday night. This late season, cold winter storm will bring winter avalanche problems this weekeed and could catch people off guard who are expecting spring snow conditions. The next advisory will be posted Friday morning and will cover the expected weekend winter avalanche conditions.