View Poll Results: When will Tioga Pass open ?

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  • On or before April 30th

    0 0%
  • May 1st to May 8th

    1 14.29%
  • May 9th to May 16th

    1 14.29%
  • May 17th to May 24th

    0 0%
  • May 25th to May 31st

    0 0%
  • June 1st to June 8th

    4 57.14%
  • June 9th to June 16th

    2 28.57%
  • June 17th to June 24th

    0 0%
  • June 25th to June 30th

    0 0%
  • After June 30th

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  1. #41
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    Default The hump is gone for another season!


    Photo courtesy of The Yosemite Conservancy -- May 2nd at 6:27 pm PDT

  2. #42
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    Default A Lowering Sky!

    And it is truly, truly gone today!


    Photo courtesy of The Yosemite Conservancy -- May 7th at 5:27 pm PDT

  3. #43
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    Default And an image showing the snow amount they are dealing with.

    Plows are plowing in 8 feet of snow one mile west of White Wolf (near Siesta Lake). This is a great image showing the work involved. It was taken on May 3rd.



    Dave.

  4. #44
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    Default Some news

    Glacier Point Road opened for the season to vehicles on May 10, 2019.

  5. #45
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    Default .....and is closed again almost immediately.

    A huge winter storm is blowing through so they have closed Glacier point road until further notice for safety reasons. This will almost certainly halt the progress of the plow teams on Tioga pass and will more than likely set them back with up to 21 inches of new snow accumulation expected !!

    From the National weather service.

    ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY
    NIGHT TO 6 AM PDT FRIDAY ABOVE 5000 FEET...

    * WHAT...Heavy snow expected above 5000 feet. Total snow
    accumulation of up to 21 inches expected. Winds gusting as
    high as 40 mph.

    * WHERE...Central Sierra, North Kings River and Sequoia Kings.

    * WHEN...From midnight Wednesday night to 6 AM PDT Friday.

    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
    impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning
    or evening commute.
    Dave.

  6. #46
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    Default Snow on May 19th!!!

    OMG. The hump has returned! Look at the extreme right lower corner.


    (Courtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy) May 19th at 12:20 pm PDT

  7. #47
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    Default Plowing effort continues.

    The crews have reportedly worked through the Olmsted Point avalanche zone and are clearing in the Tenaya lake area. Mono county crews are working there way along the pass from the east and have plowed about 1 mile along Tioga after the entry station. I'd say that puts them about 14 miles apart but there is still a lot of work to be done. In case you are wondering why it takes so long, here is a list of common causes from the Yosemite website that creates slow progress.

    Additionally, these are common causes for slow progress on the Tioga Road:

    Road repairs, ditching, and brushing operations must occur once snow has melted back enough. The roads may also remain very icy even after they're plowed.

    Avalanche zones (26 potential areas). The Olmsted Point avalanche zone requires careful work, including application of charcoal over the snow to help with melting and blasting the snow slab to make it safer for personnel.

    Heavy snow pack slows the whole operation.

    Trees that have fallen across the road and been buried in the snow can cause substantial damage to equipment and result in a stop to all operations until they're cleared.

    Rockfalls buried by the snow can cause substantial damage to the equipment and result in a stop to all operations.

    Snow storms during the opening require a stop to Tioga Road operations in order to plow and sand park roads that are open.
    As it's a deep snow pack this year all of the above issues are likely to be a factor.

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