Yosemite Valley, CA– Because of high winds expected in the area, Tioga Pass and the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park will be closing at 8 pm.
A high wind warning has been issued for the Yosemite area starting tonight through Friday morning that may impact driving conditions along the roadway.
Winds are expected to be between 20 and 40 miles per hour, with localized gusts up to 60 miles per hour in Yosemite Valley. Winds at the higher elevations of the park are expected to be between 50 and 60 miles per hourwith localized gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour. The strongest winds are expected in the area between 4:00 am and 11:00 am Thursday.
Park officials say there is the potential for very strong damaging winds with down trees and power lines and potential structure damage throughout the park. Visitorsare urged to use caution while in Yosemite National Park during this high wind warning.
Tioga Pass and the Hetch Hetchy Road will remain closed until further assessments can be made.