Spring Wallops Yosemite National Park With Potent Punch
The first day of spring was anything but spring-like at Yosemite National Park, which saw all its entrance roads closed down by a combination of snow, ice, mudslides, downed power lines, and fallen trees.
Between Sunday and Monday some parts of the park received more than 3.5 feet of snow. El Portal on the west side of the park received 9 inches, and the Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, and El Portal Road all were temporarily closed, park officials reported.
Caltrans officials also temporarily closed Highway 140 outside of the park boundary between
El Portal and Mid Pines due to mud slides, rockfall, downed power lines, and fallen trees. The Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road were also closed Monday.
For 24-hour information for roads within Yosemite National Park, you can call 209-372-0200. For updates on conditions for roads outside of Yosemite, call Caltrans at 1-800-427-7623. For information about reservations and accommodations inside the park, call (801) 559-4884.