Yosemite National Park: Tioga, Glacier Roads Closed for Winter

Snow in Tuolumne Meadows last year
Snow in Tuolumne Meadows last year

With heavy storms that hit Northern California last weekend, snow has prompted the annual official closing of two major roads in Yosemite National Park, officials announced this afternoon. It's "official" because the roads have been temporarily closed off and on as snow came and went this fall; now with five and a half feet in Tuolumne Meadows, they're closed until spring.

Tioga Road, the only eastern vehicular entrance into the park, and Glacier Point Road, which leads to the majestic view its namesake artery references, will remain closed until warmer temperatures melt snow away. Traditionally, they reopen around Memorial Day weekend.

Also to note: There hasn't been enough snow for Badger Pass Ski Area to open, so Glacier Point Road remains closed at Chinquapin until opening day, according to park spokesman Scott Gediman.

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