It’s a winter wonderland in Yosemite National Park.
If you’re thinking about taking a snow day at Yosemite, think again.
On Tuesday, park officials announced that all roads in Yosemite are closed due to heavy snow and fallen trees.
“People currently in Yosemite should stay inside to avoid falling trees,” stated officials on the park’s Facebook page.
An update will be provided when roads are open. To check current road conditions, call (209) 372-0200 (then 1, 1).
Recently, Tioga Road closed due to snow. The road will remain closed until May or early June, officials said.
The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles west of Lee Vining.
When Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are also experiencing heavy snowfall.
If visitors are planning a visit, rangers encourage them to call 565-3341 before driving up, for road closures, weather and current conditions.
The Generals Highway and other popular areas may be closed due to winter storm hazards. Weather conditions change moment to moment, park officials said.
Visitors can expect tire chains to be required in most areas.
Power outages and road closures may lead to the closing of visitor centers and other services without much notice.
“If you’re coming up for some snow play remember to pack extra clothes to change into, bring warm layers, and be safe,” park officials stated. “Don’t forget to pack out any snow play gear, if it’s broken please dispose of all pieces in a nearby trash bin.”
Visit www.weather.gov for the most accurate weather forecasts in the national parks.
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