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Yosemite Closes Ahead of Blizzard–Updated to Open Now

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite officials have announced  the park will be closed starting tonight at midnight due to a major winter storm. The park will remain closed at least through Sunday at noon depending on conditions. It could stay closed longer if necessary.


Yosemite National Park will partially reopen Sunday March 3, at noon. Visitors may enter the park via Highway 41/Wawona Road and Highway 140/El Portal Road. Expect snowy conditions throughout the park.

Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 from the west), Badger Pass Road and ski area, and Hetch Hetchy Road will reopen on Monday, March 4, at noon, conditions permitting. Tire chains may be required. Please call 209-372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check road conditions and status.

Wawona Campground and Camp 4 (both first-come, first-served) and Upper Pines Campground (reservation required) will reopen at noon. Be prepared for winter camping (bring a shovel!). Hodgdon Meadow Campground will reopen tomorrow at noon, conditions permitting.

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Visitors currently in the park should leave as soon as possible, and no later than noon tomorrow, March 1.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting several feet of snow throughout the park with very high winds. Badger Pass may receive over seven feet of snow. The NWS has issued a blizzard warning in effect from 4:00 PM PST Thursday to 10:00 AM PST Sunday.  For more information on the pending storm check out our story Blizzard Conditions Expected Over the Weekend.

For current road, weather and other information for the park check their website.  Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) for road conditions and tire chain requirements.
We will update this story when more information is available.

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