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Weather warning

Postby balzaccom » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:04 am

It's often lovely to visit Yosemite at this time of year...but be careful. Here's the latest on the storm:

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Hanford CA
1020 AM PST Fri Feb 1 2019


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Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills-
Tulare County Foothills-
Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon-
Tulare County Mountains-
Including the cities of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Squaw Valley,
Auberry, North Fork, Mariposa, Springville, Three Rivers,
Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison,
Tuolumne Meadows, Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona, Camp Nelson,
Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, and Johnsondale
1020 AM PST Fri Feb 1 2019

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM PST THIS
EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of central California, including the following
areas, Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills, Sierra
Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, Tulare County Foothills,
and Tulare County Mountains.

* From 10 PM PST this evening through Saturday evening.

* Heavy rain totaling from 2 to as much as 4 inches may lead to
excessive runoff, rising water levels on area rivers and
streams and a threat of flash flooding. Additionally, mud
slides, rock slides and debris flows are possible in some
locations, especially in the vicinity of the Ferguson,
Railroad and Pier burn scars. Some roads may become closed,
impassable, or washed out.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. If you live in a flood
prone area, this would be a good time to review an emergency
escape plan in the event high water or a debris flow threatens
your home.
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Re: Weather warning

Postby balzaccom » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:52 am

All roads into Yosemite National Park are CLOSED due to heavy snow accumulation and many tree failures. This is a hard closure and will remain in effect until conditions change allowing for safe opening.
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Re: Weather warning

Postby WanderingJim » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:31 am

The webcams show the valley is a winter wonderland right now. The valley is kind of blah in the winter when there's no snow in the valley, but when there is... spectacular!!! (I may have only seen it once or twice before).

It'll depend on the weekend weather (right now looks like heavy snow again), but I might just pop in for a little snow-seeing when I can.
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Re: Weather warning

Postby balzaccom » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:08 pm

Pick your road carefully. Some of them are opening and closing often. And carry chains. They will be required
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Re: Weather warning

Postby Grzldvt » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:17 am

Thought I would pop in to see what was happening KPIX Channel 5 did a quicky on Yosemite this evening. Winter snow is without question one the best times to visit.
I do miss my park.
I sold my business and retired to a very cool place in Orange County, Laguna Hills. I live right off a small wilderness area, so I have been exploring the Southern Deserts, albeit I did go north along 395 for the Fall Color Tour in October.
Although for the moment I am in San Jose for the next two weeks helping the X-wife.
Hope all is well with you!
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Re: Weather warning

Postby balzaccom » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:58 am

Thanks for stopping by with this post! Glad to hear you are doing well. We're about to visit the desert...getting some hiking in when the Sierra is blanketed with snow
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