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MLK Weekend Storm Watch

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–Check below for weather alerts, road conditions including traffic collisions, closures and hazards, school closures, power outages and other emergencies as they happen.

Related article: Wind, Rain and Snow Returning Today

We will continue to update this article throughout the storm – stay safe!


Monday, January 16th, 2023

School Closures/Delays for 1.17.2023

Madera County

Update for YUSD

Update – 2 hour delay for all YUSD Schools Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

At this time our plan is for all YUSD Schools to be on regular schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17.

Our Transportation Manager will be out early in the morning assessing the roads. If her determination impacts school start times, we will communicate this by 6am.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and warm.


Delay Notice – Tuesday, January 17th, there will be a 2 hour bus delay for North Fork School. School will officially start at 9:57am. Please do not drop your student off any earlier than 9:30am. Thank you


1/16/23 – (This message is for tomorrow) This is Robert Dias, MOT Director for Bass Lake School District informing you that Tuesday, January 17th there will be a two hour bus and class delay for OES, OCI, Wasuma, and Fresno Flats due to weather and road conditions.


Coarsegold K – 8 has a 2 hour delay. School will start at 9:45am.


Good Evening Parents of Students Who Attend and Staff Who Work at North Fork, Spring Valley, Mountain Oaks, Chawanakee Academy, Cedar, Minarets Schools and the District Office,

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, no students are to report to campus until 1-hour LATER than the normal school start time, as there will not be student supervision.

Chawanakee Bus Routes 1, 2, and 3 will run on a 2-hour delay due to road conditions and safety.

Staff are expected to report on a 1-hour delay, (e.g., 1-hour LATER than their normal report time) unless otherwise communicated to their supervisor. Any staff whose normal report time is between 5 – 8 am are expected to report 1-hour LATER than their normal time.

Clarification for Tuesday, 1-17-23

Chawanakee Community,


Due to road conditions and safety, there will be a 1-hour delay for students who ride bus routes 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 on Tuesday, 1/17/23.

School starts for Hillside students at the normal time.


Students who ride bus routes 1, 2, and 3 are on a 2-hour delay, Tuesday, 1/17/23.

School starts at North Fork, Spring Valley, Mountain Oaks, Minarets, Minarets Charter, Cedar, and Chawanakee Academy 2 hours LATER than normal (e.g., Minarets/Minarets Charter HS starts.

Mariposa County

Due to icy conditions, SFCS will observe a 2-hour delay tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th. School will start at 10:25AM. The bus will run exactly two hours later than the regular morning schedule. Safe travels, everyone!


Due to road conditions/road closures, MCUSD will have a 2 hour delay 1/17/23



Type: Traffic Hazard

Location: Thunderhead Dr / Sr49

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.406168 -119.734193

Multiple vehicles pulled over installing chains



Type: Provide Traffic Control

Location: 43714 Road 415

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.235464 -119.741962

A tow truck is removing a disabled vehicle


Fish Camp 

Type: Trfc Collision-No Inj

Location: Sr41 / Miami Motorcycle Trl

Loc Desc: 41 AT SUMMIT Lat/Lon: 37.444828 -119.653188




Location: Sr49 / Thunderhead Dr

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.406168 -119.734193


Mariposa County

Type: Mud/Dirt/Rock

Location: Sr140 / Guadalupe Fire Rd

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.477183 -120.057069

Reportedly blocking both lanes



Deadwood Webcam 9:15am


Ponderosa Basin Mariposa County

Type: Trfc Collision-No Inj

Location: Pilot Peak Rd / Creel Rd

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.465431 -119.735681



Madera County

Type: Roadway Flooding

Location: Road 207 / Sr41

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.151344 -119.731556


Mariposa County



Type: Mud/Dirt/Rock

Location: Sr41 / Broken Bit

Loc Desc: SB 1 MI JNO Lat/Lon: 37.270456 -119.671248

Covering The whole southbound lane


Sunday, January 15th, 2023

Madera County

Type: Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt

Location: 54432 Road 432

Loc Desc: PINES RESORT Lat/Lon: 37.320048 -119.556470

AA traffic collision has occurred. Injuries are unknown at this time and some lane blockage is being reported. A tow truck and ambulance are enroute.


Mariposa County


Hwy 140 is now closed outside of Mariposa at the top of the Briceburg Grade where the turn off is for the Bug Hostel. It is closed all the way to El Portal with no estimated time of reopening.


Mariposa County

Type: Mud/Dirt/Rock

Location: Sr140 / Briceburg

Loc Desc: SR140 / BRICE Lat/Lon: 37.605047 -119.965633



Yosemite National Park

SUNDAY 1/15/2023 !!ALERT!!

Due to heavy snowfall Badger Pass Rd will remain closed. BADGER PASS CLOSED SUNDAY 1/15/2023!


Another storm system will impact Central California tonight through Monday night, resulting in rain in the San Joaquin Valley and snow in the Sierra Nevada. Snow levels will start at around 4,000 feet tonight, before rising to about 5,000 feet Monday. Snow levels will drop to around 3,500 feet Monday night. The majority of this precipitation will fall Monday.


A few strong thunderstorms are possible in most of Central California from 12 PM PST Monday afternoon until 6 PM PST Monday evening. Small hail and wind gusts near 45 miles per hour are a couple of hazards associated with strong thunderstorms. In addition to dangerous cloud to ground lightning strikes, any thunderstorm can produce intense rainfall rates, leading to localized flooding.


A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada until 4 AM PST Tuesday. The majority of this snow will fall Monday. Travel will be extremely difficult or impossible. If you plan to travel, consider alternate strategies. If you must travel, remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, warm clothing, and a flashlight in your vehicle.


There is a marginal risk of excessive rainfall in the Sierra Nevada below the snow line and in the Sierra Nevada foothills Monday morning and Monday afternoon. Rockslides, mudslides, and debris flow flooding are possible.

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Mariposa County

Type: Mud/Dirt/Rock

Location: Sr140 / Briceburg

Loc Desc: WB JWO Lat/Lon: 37.605047 -119.965633


Indian Lake Estates

Type: Roadway Flooding

Location: Seminole Ave / Delaware Rd

Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 37.209208 -119.677900



North Fork

Type: Traffic Hazard

Location: Road 200 / Mountain View Peak Rd

Loc Desc: JWO Lat/Lon: 37.184832 -119.623859




Type: Traffic Hazard

Location: Sr41 / Road 415

Loc Desc: NB JSO Lat/Lon: 37.261194 -119.701446 


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