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Yosemite records 22 below zero temperature amid cold snap

January 17, 2013 | 11:34 am

Visitors walk through Curry Village in December. Credit: Elias Funez / Associated Press.

Yosemite National Park was not spared from the recent cold snap that hit the West Coast, bringing strong winds and subzero temperatures to Tuolumne Meadows.

In a report summarizing weather conditions between Jan. 9 and Wednesday, rangers at Tuolumne Meadows reported low temperatures of 17 degrees below zero (Jan. 10), 22 degrees below zero (Friday) and 21 degrees below zero (Saturday). The highest temperature topped out at 45 on Jan. 9.

The cold snap also brought 5 inches of new snow, although rangers said strong northeast winds "left the ski conditions variable, to say the least."

"The good news is that there is still excellent snow coverage and if one is creative they can find powder turns and good skiing," the report said.

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— Kate Mather

Photo: Visitors walk through Curry Village in December. Credit: Elias Funez / Associated Press.

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