View Poll Results: When will Tioga pass close for winter 2022

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  • Before October 1st

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  • 1st to 8th October

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  • 9th to 16th October

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  • 17th to 24th October

    1 25.00%
  • 25th to 31st October

    0 0%
  • 1st to 8th November

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  • 9th to 16th November

    0 0%
  • 17th to 24th November

    3 75.00%
  • 25th November to 1st December

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  • After December 1st

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  1. #11
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    Default Weather watch.

    Here's the first snow to settle captured by Yosemite's High Sierra webcam.



    And a warning of whats to come from the National weather service !!
    Winter Storm Watch
    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    National Weather Service Hanford CA
    1228 PM PDT Thu Nov 3 2022

    CAZ323-326-040400-
    /O.NEW.KHNX.WS.A.0004.221106T2000Z-221109T1800Z/
    Yosemite NP outside of the valley-Upper San Joaquin River-
    Including the cities of Tuolumne Meadows, Wawona,
    Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, and Lake Thomas Edison
    1228 PM PDT Thu Nov 3 2022

    ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
    WEDNESDAY MORNING...

    * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 3
    feet. Isolated amounts of 4 feet of snow above 8000 feet.
    Westerly winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

    * WHERE...Yosemite NP outside of the valley and Upper San
    Joaquin River.

    * WHEN...From Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

    * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The
    hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
    commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Hikers and campers could face life
    threatening conditions due to heavy snow, strong wind, and
    freezing cold temperatures.
    If you are travelling to Yosemite be sure to keep updated on current conditions, snowchains could be required and other road closures are possible.

    Dave.

  2. #12
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    Default Heavy storms on the way

    Heavy storms on the way -- I bet the road is closed for good by tomorrow night!

    Mark

  3. #13
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    Default Snow is showing on most of the roads in the Sierras

    Snow is showing on most of the roads in the Sierras. And it looks pretty snowy at the Yosemite Valley.

    check out the snow in the Web cam of Yosemite Falls!

    Mark

  4. #14
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    Default No coming back from this !(?)

    All I could see for the last couple of days from the High Sierra webcam was a whited out screen. Now it's showing a significant amount of new snow has fallen.



    Looks to me like it's going to be a permanent closure, it's just a case of when they call it !

    Dave

  5. #15
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    Default

    I think you are right. Caltrans says 120 (Tioga), 108 (Sonora) and 89 (Monitor) are closed due to "winter closure". 4 (Ebbetts) has been "closed to traffic" since 11/1.

  6. #16
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    Default That's it folks!

    Although Yosemite 'Alerts' page are still declaring it as a Temporary closure the official 'Opening and closing' pages have confirmed it as closed for the season on October 31st. Unfortunately no one got close this year, Mass Tim correctly predicting an early closure but still 8 days out ! Since the start of the Pandemic there seems to be no effort to keep the road open later into the season as they once did so perhaps this is the new 'normal'. So there we have it, at least until we start the next contest to predict when it may open for the 2023 road trip season.

    For anyone planning to visit Yosemite in the summer of 2023 you may be pleased to learn that reservations will not be required !

    Dave.

  7. #17
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    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    For anyone planning to visit Yosemite in the summer of 2023 you may be pleased to learn that reservations will not be required !
    I'll say, I might be in the minority, but I generally thought the reservation systems were a net positive. I haven't visited Yosemite since they started using them, but I did visit Rocky Mountain NP with the timed entry restrictions and really enjoyed having a more limited number of people in the parks.

    Noting the last time I was at Yosemite about 5 years ago, the traffic jams were pretty insane, and as I was leaving, the line of cars waiting to get into the park was close to 2 miles long, Yosemite feels like a place that would have benefited from keeping the timed entry in place long term.

  8. #18
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    Default Have to agree.

    I'll say, I might be in the minority, but I generally thought the reservation systems were a net positive.
    I tend to agree even though a PITA for those touring without wanting to be tied down to dates. As we travel off season we have not experienced the congestion but it's not hard to imagine it impacting on the enjoyment and management of the park. The reason Yosemite held onto the reservation system for 2022 was because of key areas being closed for repairs, creating less space to explore in. They are looking for new ways to combat the growing visitor numbers and the effect it has on visitor experience and the habitat.

    From Yosemite Facebook page.
    Yosemite has been grappling with congestion—even gridlock—for decades. We want to build from the lessons learned from the last three summers of managed access. Look for an announcement in December, when we'll start seeking your help to design an approach that provides a great visitor experience while protecting Yosemite's natural and cultural resources.
    A huge responsibility and difficult balancing act in protecting these natural wonders while trying to let as many people enjoy them as possible.

    Dave

  9. #19
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    Default The days are long past

    And I agree too.

    The days are long past where people can expect to enter a national park (or any concert venue) without a ticket.

    Mark

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