View Poll Results: When will Tioga Pass close winter 2018.

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  • Before October 15th

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  • Between October 15th and Oct 22nd

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  • Between October 23rd and Oct 31st

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  • Between November 1st and Nov 10th

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  • Between November 11th and Nov 21st

    3 37.50%
  • Between November 22nd and Nov 30th

    3 37.50%
  • Between December 1st and December 10th

    2 25.00%
  • After December 10th.

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  1. Default

    Before it gets too far into November, I'm putting in my WAG: Wednesday, November 28 at 2 PM

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    Default It can change so quickly, but..........

    Yosemite is still experiencing some glorious weather for the time of year with the outlook remaining settled. In the Valley the daytime temperatures look to remain in the mid 60f range and at over 8000ft on the pass they remain at mid to high 50f. What amazes me is, usually clear skies and high elevation means nighttime temps below freezing, but at the moment even ice doesn't look a threat to cause a closure.

    Dave.

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    Default Closure. (Temporary ??)

    Yosemite's officials have opted to close the pass at 6pm on Tues 20th November in advance of a winter storm heading their way.

    Official statement

    The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park will close to all vehiclular traffice beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to incoming winter weather. The roads will reopen as weather and road conditions permit. This is not necessarily a seasonal closure.

    A series of winter storms are expected to pass through the Yosemite area beginning on Tuesday evening through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. Highway 120 West, Highway 140, and Highway 41 remain open year-round and provide access to Yosemite Valley. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open for day use throughout the winter months.

    All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months.
    For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200
    It is estimated that up to 20 inches of snow could accumulate by Thanksgiving with more expected to arrive through the weekend. If that turns out to be the case I think we could be looking at a permanent closure being announced sometime in the near future. If the 20th is announced as the permanent closing date for the season it would mean we have a new Tppc (Tioga pass prognosticator champion) who goes by the name of Mark Sedenquist. We will have to wait and see !

    Dave.

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    Default Take care out there.

    Statement from the National weather service.

    Winter Storm Warning
    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    National Weather Service Hanford CA
    617 AM PST Wed Nov 21 2018

    CAZ096-097-220000-
    /O.CON.KHNX.WS.W.0007.181122T0000Z-181122T1600Z/
    Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon-
    Tulare County Mountains-
    617 AM PST Wed Nov 21 2018

    ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
    AFTERNOON TO 8 AM PST THURSDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET...

    * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to
    15 inches above 7000 feet with up to 20 inches possible.

    * WHERE...Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon and Tulare
    County Mountains.

    * WHEN...From late this afternoon through Thursday morning.

    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
    impossible. Holiday travelers should be prepared for long
    delays and possible road closures. If traveling consider
    alternate plans, remember to carry tire chains, extra food,
    water and clothing.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
    conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of
    snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in
    an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food,
    and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

  5. Default Winter 2018 guess

    Late guess this year because it was hard to think of winter snow while fires were burning in California.

    Dec 9th at 3pm.

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    Default Closed for the season. (?)

    According to the official Yosemite web pages, Tioga Pass and Glacier point have now been declared closed for the season. I am going to have to wait for clarification as there is some confusion. I believe it closed on November 20th at 6pm as previously stated, however, for the last week it has been declared closed on November 30th this year ! (Yeah go figure) I believe this was a mistake when someone was updating the scheduled closure of Mariposa Grove for the same date. Mark Sedenquist predicted November 20th way back at the start of this thread and looks to be the new Champ in waiting !

    Dave.

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    Default That would be a surprise!

    That sounds like insider trading -- But the odds of pulling this off are pretty remote.

    The hump is growing!


    Photo courtesy of The Yosemite Conservancy

    Mark

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    Default

    I don't know if you consider this official or not, but the Caltrans page says that all 4 Sierra passes (Tioga, Ebbetts, Sonora, and Monitor) closed for the winter on 11/28.

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/clsdlst.htm

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    Default Still waiting.

    No George, we go by the official Yosemite NP's pages as they control the running of Tioga Pass. The 28th is when they declared it closed permanently for the season, but the last date I am aware it was open was the 20th November.

    Dave.

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    Default A little nudge.

    I contacted Yosemite NP through their Facebook page just to point out the info posted on the official opening/closing page might be incorrect at present. I got a speedy reply.

    Yosemite National Park. David, thanks for catching that! The opening and closing date page still lists the approximate prediction for this year. We will update it with the actual date.
    Just waiting to see the updated version !

    Dave.

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