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July 4th: California ski resorts open, thunderstorms across nation

Staff Writer |
Thunderstorms may cause natural fireworks and delays to pyrotechnics in parts of the Plains and Southeast for Fourth of July celebrations in the evening.

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"Fireworks displays scheduled for Tuesday evening in the major cities of Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee, to name a few, will be at risk for thunderstorm activity," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Even where storms erupt and leave prior to fireworks in some of these areas and others from the Plains to part of the Mississippi Valley and Southeast states, calm winds and moisture could lead to poor visibility, due to fog.

Areas at greatest risk for enough shower and thunderstorm activity to postpone fireworks will include portions of Missouri, western Arkansas, eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland and northern North Carolina. Some of the storms over the central Plains may be severe.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, and Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California, are among the resorts that remain open for skiing.

Mammoth Mountain hopes to stay open until August.

"We will stay open as long as snowpack holds up. Right now, we are committed to staying open into August," Joani Lynch, vice president of brand marketing for Mammoth Mountain, said.

Mammoth Mountain's record is in the winter season of 1994 to 1995 when they stayed open until Aug. 13. Last year, Mammoth Mountain closed after operations on July 4.

Last season, Squaw Valley closed on Memorial Day; however, Sam Kieckhefer, public relations coordinator for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, believes the resort could break their record for the latest date of operation.

"This season marks the fourth time in history that we will operate on the Fourth of July and the first time ever that we will attempt to operate beyond that," Kieckhefer said.

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