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Sierra Snowpack Is Far Above Average

SACRAMENTO – The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history. Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches. February’s Phillips survey found 28.0 inches of SWE, and January’s reading was 6.0 inches. ...

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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

CENTRAL SIERRA — The Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit wants to remind everyone that on Sunday, Mar. 12, daylight saving time begins. When you set your clocks forward one hour, they also suggest you make another change that could save your life: change the battery in your smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm provides an early warning of a fire and critical extra seconds for you ...

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Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure Extended

FISH CAMP — With two out of three roads into Yosemite National Park out of commission, including the popular south gate entrance north of Fish Camp, the question on the minds of many is likely to be, “so when will Highway 41 reopen?” Photos by Virginia Lazar – click to enlarge The California Department of Transportation confirmed today that Highway 41 into Yosemite will ...

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Highway 140 Still The Only Route Into Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is still only possible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) from Mariposa. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp remains closed as Caltrans works to repair the severely damaged roadway. Work had to be suspended today due to snow conditions, says Caltrans, but will resume as soon as possible. ...

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Tree Work Resumes On Highway 41

OAKHURST — Now that some of the wetter weather has passed, hazard tree removal work will resume on Highway 41 near the north end of Oakhurst, and continue through the week, says Caltrans. Drivers should expect some delays. Tree removal will start again on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the vicinity of Highway 41 and Whispering Pines Drive, just below mile marker ...

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Art Exhibit Opening: Yosemite Renaissance 32

YOSEMITE — Yosemite Renaissance is an annual exhibit presenting diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. This year, 65 works by 61 artists were selected from 846 entries. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, photographs and three-dimensional works by artists from across the country. The public is invited to join the artists and others for an special reception and presentation of ...

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Highway 41 To Remain Closed For At Least A Week

FISH CAMP — Caltrans says Highway 41 will remained closed south of Yosemite National Park through late next week, at least. The road was closed to traffic in both directions north of Fish Camp and all the way to the park on Tuesday, Feb. 21, due to erosion causing failure following heavy rains. Roadway repairs on State Route 41 south of Yosemite ...

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Highway 120 Into Yosemite Closed Due To Storm Damage

YOSEMITE — Highway 140 through El Portal is now the only road into Yosemite National Park. It has just been announced that Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is now closed between Foresta and Crane Flat, 24 hours a day, with no access to Yosemite Valley from west of Crane Flat. The road has been closed due to continuing storm ...

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Update On Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure

FISH CAMP — Caltrans anticipates Highway 41 north of Fish Camp will remain closed in both directions for the rest of the week and into next week. Click on images courtesy of Caltrans to enlarge. The closure is located north of the town of Fish Camp and south of the turnoff to Mt. Raymond Road. The Tenaya Lodge is still ...

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Highway 41 Temporarily Closed To Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Highway 41 is temporarily closed in both directions near the south gate of Yosemite National Park, as crews wait for a break in the weather in order to continue assessment of a seriously compromised roadway, following a series of storms. “SR-41 is officially closed in both directions where the shoulder washout occurred,” says Caltrans spokeman Cory Burkarth. “This ...

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