Yosemite National Park is closed to nan nationalist for nan remainder of February owed to different wintertime conditions successful nan Bay Area.
The National Park Service announced that nan parkland plans to unfastened connected Wednesday. Yosemite was nether a wintertime large wind informing until 4 p.m. connected Saturday, erstwhile it was downgraded to a wintertime large wind watch.
Pictures from Yosemite show debased visibility and heavy blankets of snowfall covering nan full park, pinch nary seeable paths aliases roads.
The closure comes days aft a massive rockfall was recorded astatine Yosemite. The parkland closed Northside Drive for 24 hours successful response, though nary 1 was harmed during nan rockfall.
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Snow blankets Yosemite National Park successful California, United States connected February 23, 2023 arsenic wintertime large wind alerted successful California. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
California's unusually wintry upwind complete nan past week has brought flooding and blizzard conditions crossed nan state. Ventura County successful Southern California knowledgeable flash floods precocious Friday night.
But nan large wind besides improved California's h2o supply, arsenic areas of nan authorities person suffered from a drought conditions for years. Officials were cautiously optimistic astir nan improvement.
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Yosemite was nether a wintertime large wind informing until 4 p.m. connected Saturday, erstwhile it was downgraded to a wintertime large wind watch. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
"We're each excessively alert of uncertainties that beryllium and really quickly conditions successful California tin change," U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director Ernest Conant said.
"And not each stream basins were arsenic improved, highlighting nan request that precocious wintertime and early outpouring rainfall and snowfall is still needed," Conant added.
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Yosemite knowledgeable likewise wintry conditions successful February 2019. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Yosemite besides closed connected February 5, 2019, owed to akin wintertime conditions. Heavy snowfall conditions made nan park's roads unnavigable.
Fox News' Julia Musto contributed to this report.