YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KRON) — Outdoor enthusiasts hoping to visit Yosemite National Park’s flowing waterfalls and snowy mountains received more bad news this week from California parks officials.
Yosemite has been closed for the past several weeks due to severe winter weather conditions. And with another atmospheric river in the forecast, the world-famous park will remain closed through at least Thursday, March 16.
This closure is an extension beyond the original March 12 closure.
“A partial reopening on March 17 is a best-case scenario. Another storm system is forecast starting today, with additional storms forecast next week. The park will provide an update late next week.” YNP wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Yosemite has experienced significant snowfall in all areas of the park. Crews are working to restore critical services before visitors return. “On February 28, we had 40 inches of snow on the Valley floor. We have had more since then, but don’t have any data available yet,” YNP wrote.
KRON4 Meteorologist John Shrable said, “Impressive snowpack continues in the Sierra. Many areas remain inaccessible like Yosemite National Park, which despite being beautiful as ever, remains closed.”
The National Weather Service said an atmospheric river-powered storm will drench California between Thursday and Saturday.
KRON4 Meteorologist Kyla Grogan said, “The Sierra will be getting more snow. This storm will have a warmer air mass, so our Sierra snowpack may see some melting that could contribute to additional flooding concerns there.”