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Yosemite National Park Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers...a 50 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Highs 34 to 40 at 5000 feet...22 to 30 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers... Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Breezy. Lows 19 to 29 at 5000 feet...7 to 15 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 60 mph after midnight.

Tomorrow: Snow showers likely in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon, gusts up to 55 mph in the afternoon. Near the crest, snow showers likely. Chance of snow 70 percent. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Highs 27 to 33 at 5000 feet...17 to 23 at 8000 feet. West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.

 

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 announcements for today, Wednesday, February 21st.

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening Date for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite News Release February 15, 2018

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will Open at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018 

 

Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018.

 

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has been closed since July 2015 to complete a landmark restoration project. In partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service has been working to improve natural hydrology, construct an ADA-accessible boardwalk, construct an improved welcome plaza, and improve the overall visitor experience.

 

This landmark project has been possible thanks to a strong public/private partnership between the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy. To learn more about the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, please visit https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/restoration-mariposa-grove

 

To visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, visitors will park in a new 300-vehicle parking area at the South Entrance and hop on a free shuttle at the Welcome Plaza, which will transport you to the Lower Grove. More details and tips on how to plan your visit will be forthcoming. The Mariposa Grove remains closed for public safety due to ongoing construction work.  (J. Richards)

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Research Library Closure

The Research Library is closed until February 26th while Virginia Sanchez is away on Bereavement Leave. Please contact the Archives or the Museum for assistance by going to https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm  (V. Sanchez)

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Facelift 2018 Planning Kick-off 

Do you have ideas for this year's Facelift? Please join an interdivisional team to get started planning for Yosemite Facelift 2018, which will be September 26-29! The planning team needs your:

- Ideas and willingness to lead special projects

- Special expertise in areas such as archaeology, climbing, road safety, waste disposal, event planning, etc

 

The first meeting this year will be Wednesday, February 28th, 2-4 pm in the El Portal Large Break Room. All are welcome even if you're just exploring possibilities.  (S. Kintner)

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Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley

You are invited to join us for 20-30 minute yoga practices every Thursday in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium beginning February 22nd at 12 noon. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend. There will be practices by Yoga With Adriene, Yoga With Tim, and many more. These practices are free of charge and are hosted by the Yosemite Safety and Wellness Council.

 

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, work out sore or tight muscles, and recenter in the midst of stressful days. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or two (it's a hard floor) and comfortable clothes to move around in. If you do not have a yoga mat, a soft foam sleeping pad or a few towels are good substitutes.

 

If you have any questions, please email Ryan at ryan_kirtland@nps.gov. Hope to see you out there!  (R. Kirtland)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

Please use Southside Drive Via Sentinel Dr To Exit The Valley

The only vehicles allowed to enter the Firefall Event Zone are:

 

Vehicles with a valid entry permit

Vehicles with an ADA placard

Oversize vehicles - vehicles over 20 feet in length including buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles with trailers

NPS vehicles with a specific reason to enter the event zone

Save yourself some time and use Sentinel Dr to Southside Dr to exit the Valley.  (J.Hoeflich)

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Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project

This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)


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