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    Yosemite

    National Park California

All Roads in Yosemite National Park to Remain Closed Through the Evening

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Date: January 22, 2010

All roads leading into Yosemite Valley will remain closed through this evening, Friday, January 22, due to snow, ice, and fallen trees.  Road closures include Highways 41 (Wawona Road), 120 (Big Oak Flat Road), and 140 (El Portal Road).  Additionally, the Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road will also remain closed.

Reassessment of all roads in Yosemite will continue throughout the evening and into Saturday, January 23.  There is no estimated opening time for any park roads.  For 24-hour road information please call 209-372-0200.  

The precipitation total from this latest storm, which began Thursday evening, accumulated approximately two feet of snow on the Valley floor.  Badger Pass received eight to 10 feet of new snow and Tuolumne Meadows recorded six feet of new snow.

Visitors coming into the park over the weekend are urged to drive slowly and with caution.  All vehicles entering the park must carry chains as the weather can change quickly (even vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive).  Additionally, visitors are also urged to be aware of significant risk of falling trees while driving or walking in the park.

Did You Know?

View of Yosemite Valley from the Wawona Tunnel Vista.

Rockfall events have helped shape many of the outstanding features along Yosemite Valley's walls, including Royal Arches, North Dome, and Half Dome. Giant talus slopes that slant away from the Valley walls accumulate debris with each rockfall event.