It is that time of year. Yosemite National Park, CA announced yesterday that Tioga Road/Highway 120 through the park will temporarily close on Thursday, October 7, at 5 pm due to snow in the forecast at higher elevations.
The Park will monitor conditions before reopening the road in a few days.
Based on the current @NWSHanford forecast, we are planning to *temporarily* close Tioga Road (the continuation of Highway 120 through the park) on Thursday, October 7, at 5 pm. We will evaluate conditions over the weekend and open the road as soon as it’s safe. pic.twitter.com/ywYHM4HIK7
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) October 6, 2021
The National Weather Service Forecast currently calls for a 40% chance of snow at the higher elevations including Tioga Pass starting Thursday afternoon with the probability of rising Friday and Saturday. Currently, Yosemite Valley at a lower elevation will not see snow.
Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) for current status.
Tioga Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles west of Lee Vining.) When Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. All other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open all year.