Heavy Snowfall Closes Roads, Turns Yosemite National Park Into a Winter Wonderland

Feb 6, 2019

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Snowfall in northern California has turned Yosemite National Park into a winter wonderland — or a hazard, depending on how you look at it. The National Park service has put out an alert warning travelers that all roads are currently closed due to heavy snowfall and fallen trees.

Tioga Road (the continuation of Highway 120 through Yosemite) and Glacier Point Road are also closed for the season, and will likely remain so until late May. The NPS website said all roads in Yosemite will be closed until at least noon on Wednesday.

The park’s official Twitter account tweeted, “People currently in Yosemite should stay inside to avoid falling trees.”


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The warnings don’t seem to be stopping intrepid explorers, however. People have been posting photos of Yosemite buried in snow on Instagram, and seem to be quite enjoying the wintry weather.

Instagram user @womaninthemaze wrote, “The neighborhood looks pretty good in snow.”

Meanwhile, Instagram user @alejandra24x called Yosemite, “A winter wonderland.”

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park also received heavy snowfall and warn that roads may be closed to allow snowplows access. According to The New York Times, “The storm brought the first notable snow to San Francisco in eight years.”


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If you’re in the area and are planning to frolic in the snow, be sure to dress properly and make sure your car can handle the current conditions (certain parks may even require tire chains in extreme weather).

For the most recent update, call 209-372-0200 for Yosemite National Park or 559-565-3341 for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.

Featured photo by Yosemite Nation via Facebook.

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