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Tioga pass forecast for the weekend

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I was looking at the Tioga pass forecast for the next seven days trying to decide if I could duck over there one more time. While forecasts can be wrong....there's a fair amount of snow in this one. Tioga reopened today but seems like another closure is coming.

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-119.25778&lat=37.91044#.YW9s9VNlCNx

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Currently the National Weather Service says 2 to 3 feet of snow at higher elevations.

"A strong storm system will impact Central California Sunday through Monday. The heaviest precip will fall Sunday night and Monday morning. 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada above 9,000 feet."

http://twitter.com/NWSHanford/status/1450454277818773506

Tuolumne Meadows is about 8,600 feet elevation. Tioga Pass is over 9,900 feet elevation.

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I, too, would be sad to be shut out so early in the season, but if this means life-giving, tree-renewing water, then bring it on

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totally agree -we need the water.

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Everyone in California has been looking forward to this winter, hoping and praying for it to be early, long, and productive. If the chance for a big snowpack and some replenishing of reservoirs and groundwater means longer closures for Tioga and Sonora, I'm fine with going up to Reno or Tahoe to get over the Sierra.

I'm even willing to put up with going through Fresno and Bakersfield. 😉

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Another note with this forecast. The snow line is 9000 feet. That's. Really high for this much precip. (And yes I'm super excited about rain, as a resident of a very fire prone area) What that means is potential for rock and debris on the roads leading into Yosemite because instead of some of the precip sitting up in the higher elevations as snow ...all of it is going to simultaneously flow down the watershed as rain. Those waterfalls are gonna be...amazing. but uh yeah also watch for debris if you're driving in on Sunday or Monday.

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It’s not looking good for the road being open. Yosemite NP staff does the snow plowing within the park limits, so they tend to close it in advance of a storm, wait for the entire storm to come through, then plow and reopen (when they do reopen). This is compared to Caltrans having continuous snow plows operating during most snow storms. Definitely a time for Plan B...

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Tioga will close tomorrow, Thursday Oct 21, at 6pm.

"Tioga Road (the continuation of Highway 120 through the park) will temporarily close on October 21 at 6 pm. Multiple storms are forecast through Monday, October 25."

http://twitter.com/YosemiteNPS/status/1450905147773706242

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Glacier Point Road will now also close today (Thursday Oct 21) at 7pm.

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast and now says the heavy snow line will be 8,000 feet (lower than previous forecasts). Today's update says 18 to 36 inches of snow above 8,000 feet elevation. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph are also in the local Sierra forecast.

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