Yosemite Tioga Pass Road opens 5/27/21

Yosemite Tioga Pass Road opens 5/27/21#yosemite - tuolumne meadows

Tioga Road (the continuation of Highway 120 through the park) will tentatively open to all vehicles on Thursday, May 27, at 8 am, weather and conditions permitting.

Yosemite Camp 4 Opening & Wawona 5/20/21

Camp 4 Opening & Wawona Reminder
Camp 4 will open this Friday, May 21. Sites are only available by reservation via daily lottery, which takes place one day in advance of desired arrival on recreation.gov. The first lottery will open on Thursday, May 20 for Friday, May 21 arrivals.

Yosemite Pilot Transportation Program

Pilot Transportation Program
The NPS and Federal Highways are testing some new ideas to reduce traffic congestion. This pilot program is based on over two years of monitoring and modeling traffic flows to figure out where the pinch points are and how to alleviate them.  
 
Pilot program implementation begins this week! While operating motor vehicles in east Yosemite Valley, please pay attention to sign modifications, barricades and pavement markings on Southside Drive, Sentinel Drive, and Northside Drive. The pilot will continue throughout the summer through approximately September 15. Key features include:
 - Converting the eastbound lane from Yosemite Falls parking (west of Yosemite Valley Lodge) to Yosemite Village to westbound, so there are two westbound lanes of one-way traffic to exit Yosemite Valley
 - Changing the four-way intersection near Curry Village to a three-way intersection without stop signs
 - Switching the direction of traffic flow on Sentinel Drive, so that vehicles drive on the opposite side of the road
 - Removing stop signs and reconfiguring the two Sentinel Drive intersections at Northside and Southside Drives
 

Glacier Point Road Temporary Closure, 8pm Today 5/20/21

Glacier Point Road Temporary Closure, 8pm Today 5/20/21
There will be a Temporary Closure of the Glacier Point Road starting tonight at 8pm through Sunday morning due to an incoming snow storm.  The NWS forecast is calling for snow showers above 6000 ft. and then dropping to 4300 ft.   We will reassess the Glacier Point Road Sunday morning and open as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Yosemite National Park Friday, May 21, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 21, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Chance of snow showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Snow showers likely and chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers likely in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Snow accumulation up to 8 inches. Snow level 5000 feet. Highs 46 to 52 at 5000 feet... 32 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Chance of snow showers, showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, snow showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Lows 29 to 39 at 5000 feet... 19 to 27 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers, a 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 11 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 51 to 57 at 5000 feet...35 to 45 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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Free COVID-19 Testing in Yosemite Valley and El Portal

Continued COVID-19 testing is an important tool that helps protect the Yosemite Community.

Free Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Monday, May 24, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Free Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesday, May 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

It continues to be recommended for anyone working in close contact with high volumes of the public to continue to get tested frequently. For those who have been fully vaccinated, it is recommended to get tested between every two weeks to at least once a month. For those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, or for those who work in healthcare/EMT or other close-contact positions, it is recommended to get tested every 7-14 days.

If you have been traveling out of your home area or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended to get tested within 4-6 days of returning from travel or from the date of the COVID-19 exposure.

Yosemite National Park --- Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 67 to 75 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 43 to 52 at 5000 feet...34 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 62 to 70 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Half Dome Cable Installation Today
The Half Dome cables are being installed. Please respect workers and keep the area clear. The cables will be available for use May 19–October 12. A permit is required to hike to the top of Half Dome when the cables are up. For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm (M. Roubal)

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RECENTS NEWS

Last 2 Fire Refreshers June 17 & June 22
Attention Red Card Applicants: the last 2 Wildland Fire Safety Refresher webinars will be held on Thursday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 22, ahead of the IQCS deadline of June 30 for seasonal staff. To access the refresher you must sign into the Wildland Fire Learning Portal and locate RT-130 Yose FY2021-01.
https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/login/index.php

Once at the course page do not forget to scroll down the left side to the Administration box and click on self-enroll. This will give you access to all the content and sign ups to the webinars. This can be done from any computer. You must complete all the online content and attend a webinar to get credit for the refresher. In addition, there are sign offs for the Shelter deployments on the new application. Please schedule shelter deployments with your pack test. There are modifications to the plastic shelter bag, if you have equipment signed out already, please bring it with you to ensure proper modification is complete. This will help ensure your shelter will deploy when you need it most.

If you are new to the park or the Red Card system please go to the IQCS Share Point page for all your application needs, forms, and instructions or email bernard_spielman@nps.gov or dispatch at yose_IQCS@nps.gov
http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Prot/fm/SitePages/Redcards%20(IQCS).aspx

Yosemite National Park --- Friday, May 14, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 14, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 72 to 80 at 5000 feet...60 to 70 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...37 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers, chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 69 at 5000 feet...50 to 60 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

There are no new submissions for today, Friday May 14.

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RECENT NEWS

No Half Staff Saturday
This year Americans are observing both Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 15. Peace Officers Memorial Day gives honor to peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to the men and women serving in our nation’s military. In accordance with U.S.C. Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(m) of the U.S. Flag Code, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. Americans should display the flag of the United States on May 15, 2021, to honor the patriotic service of the United States military, while also pausing with bowed head to give remembrance to those peace officers and their families having made the ultimate sacrifice. (J. Roubal)
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Yosemite National Park To Implement Pilot Overnight Climbing Permit System Beginning Friday, May 21, 2021 - Yosemite News Release Release May 7, 2021
Yosemite National Park – All visitors planning to overnight on any rock climbing routes in Yosemite National Park will be required to obtain an overnight wilderness climbing permit beginning on May 21, 2021. This pilot program is being implemented to better understand how park visitors use Yosemite’s big walls and to help improve climbing wilderness ethics and reduce negative human impacts associated with overnight big wall use.

Overnight climbing permits will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on May 14, 2021. For the duration of the pilot program, these permits will be free. Please visit https://yosemite.org/climbingpermits/ to learn more.

For more detailed information on climbing in Yosemite National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/climbing.htm.

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