OAKHURST – Although Mariposa and Madera Counties are not included in the list of those slated for a round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs, the National Weather Service in Hanford has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. To prepare for this incoming storm system, Yosemite National Park has closed Tioga and Glacier Point Roads.
PG&E could not be reached for updates or comment, but the list of counties expected to be part of this round of power shutoffs posted online by the utility giant did not include Mariposa or Madera Counties.
Weather conditions anticipated by the National Weather Service for elevations above 6,000 feet include snow accumulation of three to 12 inches. Elevations below 6,000 may see rain and cooler temperatures.
CHP Officer Luis Lugo advises drivers to prepare their vehicles for winter safety by checking antifreeze levels and ensuring windshield wipers and tires are in good condition. He also warned to watch for patchy ice, “When the temperatures drop… wet roads can turn into icy roads pretty quickly.” Officer Lugo reminded drivers to take extra caution on shady portions of the roads and drive at a safe speed for the conditions.
Yosemite National Park does not have an estimated date for reopening Tioga or Glacier Point Roads. These closures usually begin in November and last through late May or early June each year. Alternative routes are listed on the National Park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaclosed.htm
Photo courtesy of Candace Gregory.