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Road Temporarily Closed Due to High Wind Event
After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public at 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 07, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed due a high wind event in the Yosemite area.
Winds up to 75 miles per hour were experienced at the higher elevations of the park, including along portions of the Tioga Road. Wind in the area knocked over numerous trees and covered the Tioga Road with debris. Road crews and forestry crews worked throughout the weekend to clear the roadway for travel. No injuries were sustained and minimal structure damage was reported due to the event.
All roads within the Yosemite National Park are subject to temporary closures or chain control due to hazardous driving conditions. Visitors should be aware of the potential for icy spots along the higher elevations within the park. Tire chains may be required at any time during the fall and winter season. It is strongly recommended that all motorists carry tire chains while driving in the park during the fall and winter months.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.