All Roads Into and Out of Yosemite Closed Temporarily Due to Storm

Yosemite in winter

A Yosemite winter scene. Photo by JodiWomak via Creative Commons.

Going to Yosemite National Park this weekend? You need to check ahead for a road update. All roads into and out of the Valley, along with the Badger Pass and Hetch Hetchy Roads, were closed on Friday due to snow, ice and fallen trees.

According to information from the park,

All roads leading into Yosemite Valley are temporarily closed due to snow, ice, and fallen trees. Highways 41 (Wawona Road) and 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) into Yosemite National Park are closed at this time due to snowy and icy conditions. Additionally, Highway 140 (El Portal Road) into Yosemite Valley is temporarily closed due to fallen trees on the roadway. The Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road are also closed at this time.

Reassessment of all roads in Yosemite will continue throughout the evening and into Saturday, January 23. There is no estimated opening time for any park roads.

For 24-hour road information please call 209-372-0200, then press (1) and (1) to listen to the road information. Updates will also be posted on the park website.

The precipitation total from this latest storm, which began Thursday evening, accumulated approximately two feet of snow on the Valley floor. Badger Pass received eight to 10 feet of new snow and Tuolumne Meadows recorded six feet of new snow.

On Friday afternoon, the park was organizing a convoy from the Valley to El Portal, for travel between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. A return convoy would allow persons who lived in the Valley to return home during those hours. At 3:00 p.m. local time, all roads in the park were to be closed again.

Visitors coming into the park over the weekend are urged to drive slowly and with caution—and to check ahead to ensure roads have been reopened. All vehicles entering the park must carry chains as the weather can change quickly (even vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive). Additionally, visitors are also urged to be aware of significant risk of falling trees while driving or walking in the park.