Update: Snow Shuts Down Highway At Yosemite Entrance
Update at 1:30 p.m.: Yosemite National Park officials report that Glacier Point Road will remain closed until the incoming storm systems pass and the road can be evaluated for hazards. Ranger Jamie Richards adds that it will be reopened once conditions are safe for travel. Over the next several days, visitors are advised to carry chains and be prepared for winter driving conditions along the El Portal Road (Hwy 140), Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 W) and Wawona Road (Hwy 41).
Richards notes the higher elevations received the snow, but the Valley Floor is ready for visitors as the sun is shining and it is dry.
Update at 12:10: Yosemite National Park Officials relay that Highway 120 has reopened. Ranger Jamie Richards reports that crews were able to clear the snow covered roadway this morning. A section of the road from the Big Oak Flat Entrance to Foresta Junction was closed overnight after the heavy snow caused several minor accidents.
Richards adds that Glacier Point Road will remain closed until snow and ice creating dangerous driving condition can be removed. However, she notes that today the sun is shining and it is dry on the Valley Floor ready for visitors.
Original post at 6:15 a.m.: Yosemite, CA — As the stormy weather blows through park official closed a section of Highway 120 last night due to dangerous driving conditions.
A combination of heavy snow that resulted in some accidents along Highway 120 hit the high forcing park officials to close a section of the roadway overnight. The roadway remains closed this morning from the Big Oak Flat Entrance to Foresta Junction.
Road crews plan to survey the shutdown section this morning to evaluate conditions and check for possible debris or road damage. Once that is done, park officials say the highway will reopen.