Below is your weekly Yosemite conditions report courtesy of Visit Yosemite Madera County.
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Subject: Weekly Conditions Report November 16
Please find the Weekly Conditions Report attached, and here’s some useful information from Yosemite National Park, have a great day!
Yosemite National Park Zone Weather Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Snow and rain likely in the morning, then chance of rain showers, snow and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 34 to 48. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Tonight: Colder. Partly cloudy. Chance of rain and slight chance of snow in the evening. Widespread frost through the night. Patchy dense fog after midnight. Lows 21 to 35. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Patchy dense fog in the morning. Highs 33 to 49. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.
Tioga Road Update
Tioga Road is closed due to a storm system. This might be the season ending event. Mather Roads will not be actively working on clearing or maintaining the road. The road is now limited to administrative use only. Staff must be prepared for winter conditions including chains and having appropriate PPE for the tasks. Staff is not allowed to use the road for personal use at this time. Eventually the road will be fully closed including to administrative travel. I will put out an additional notification when that occurs. (M. Krebs)
Horsetail Fall February 2024 Reservation Requirements
Yosemite National Park will require day-use entrance reservations for the last three weekends of February 2024 to manage the Horsetail Fall event.
During February, thousands of visitors visit Horsetail Fall, a waterfall that creates the illusion that the water is on fire. The surge in visitation has led to full parking lots, parking overflowing into traffic lanes, pedestrian-vehicle conflicts causing safety issues, and damage to natural and cultural resources. In order to manage visitor activity during this event, a reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite National Park on the weekends of February 10–11, February 17–19, and February 24–25, 2024. Visitors who arrive Mondays through Fridays (except Monday, February 19) won’t need a reservation. The $35/car entrance fee is valid for entry for seven days, regardless of day of arrival. A similar system has been implemented for this event the past several years.
Beginning at 8 am Pacific time on December 1, 50% of day-use reservations will be available for all three weekends at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745. Beginning at 8 am Pacific time two days prior to a day-use reservation date, the remaining 50% of day-use reservations will be available. For example, on February 23 at 8 am, day-use reservations for February 25 will be available.
If you have a lodging reservation for Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Foresta, or Yosemite West, you don’t need an additional entrance reservation.
Campground reservations will be required for Camp 4, Hodgdon Meadow, and Wawona Campgrounds for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning February 9–February 25, 2024 (these campgrounds normally operate on a first-come, first-served basis in February). There will be a 2-night minimum reservation requirement. Reservations will be released on December 15 at 7 am Pacific time at Recreation.gov. If you have a campground reservation for Upper Pines, Camp 4, Hodgdon Meadow, or Wawona Campgrounds, you don’t need an additional entrance reservation.
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