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Yosemite National Park roads closed temporarily

January 22, 2010 | 10:56 am

A view of Half Dome from Cook's Meadow in Yosemite National Park after several feet of snowfall.

Yosemite National Park officials issued a news release this morning reporting that all roads leading into Yosemite Valley are temporarily closed.

Highways 41 (Wawona Road) and 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) into the park are closed due to snowy and icy conditions.  Additionally, Highway 140 (El Portal Road) into Yosemite Valley is closed due to fallen trees on the roadway.  Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road are also closed at this time.

Visitors coming into the park through the weekend are urged to use caution and to drive slowly.  All vehicles entering the park -- including those with four-wheel drive -- must carry chains, as the weather can change quickly. Additionally, visitors are also urged to be aware of the risk of falling trees while driving or walking in the park.

Assessment of all roads in Yosemite will occur throughout the day.  For 24-hour road information please call (209) 372-0200.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A view of Half Dome from Cook's Meadow in Yosemite National Park after several feet of snowfall. Credit: Victoria Mates / National Park Service

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