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UPDATE: Roads to Yosemite open but power out in park

March 21, 2011

All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41.

The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed
until further notice.

Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads.

There is no electrical power throughout the park and power is projected to be restored sometime this weekend. Generator powered lodging will be available in Yosemite Valley beginning Friday evening.
Heated tent cabins will also be available at Curry Village.

Limited food and retail services are available to the public today, and full services will return on Friday.

The first week of spring brought the Sierra a series of storms that have left all the roads leading into Yosemite National Park temporarily closed due to snow, ice, mudslides, fallen trees and downed power lines.

All roads into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a severe winter storm on March 19 through March 20. Yosemite Valley received over three feet of snow and all power is out within the park and surrounding areas.

There is no anticipated date or time for roads to reopen and power to be stored.

Phone lines to Yosemite National Park's Public Affairs Office are currently not working. Media inquiries should be directed to Kari Cobb at 209-742-3520.

In the last 24 hours, a winter storm has dropped over three and a half feet of snow throughout the park
in areas including Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Crane Flat.

Approximately nine inches has fallen in El Portal. Highways 41 (Wawona Road), 120 (Big Oak
Flat Road), and 140 (El Portal Road) into Yosemite National Park are closed at this time due to snowy and icy conditions.

Additionally, Caltrans has temporarily closed Highway 140 outside of the park boundary between El
Portal and Mid Pines due to mud slides, rockfall, downed power lines, and
fallen trees.

The Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road are also closed at this time.

Assessment of all roads in Yosemite will occur throughout the day. For 24-hour information for roads within Yosemite National Park please call 209-372-0200.

For updates on conditions for roads outside of Yosemite, please call Caltrans at 1-800-427-7623.

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