SoCal Could Lose Two-Thirds of Snowpack

By the end of the century

Adam Roy

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Southern Californians could see their mountains lose up to two-thirds of their snow by 2100, according to a new study from the University of California Los Angeles. According to the study, funded in part by the city of L.A., the mountains in the Los Angeles region could lose about 30 to 40 percent of their snow by 2050 and about 66 percent by the end of the century.

“Climate change has become inevitable, and we’re going to lose a substantial amount of snow by mid-century,” said UCLA researcher Alex Hall. “But our choices matter. By the end of the century there will be stark differences in how much snowfall remains, depending on whether we begin to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to Adventure Journal, in addition to reducing traffic to Big Bear, Mountain High, and other local ski resorts, the decreased snowpack could negatively impact water supplies in the area.

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