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Yosemite National Park still shows remnants of winter

May 26, 2011 |  2:22 pm

Snow-covered Tuolumne Meadows as seen last Friday.

While much of Southern California should be enjoying dry days and warm temperatures during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, those heading to higher elevations -- specifically Yosemite National Park -- will likely still be contending with remnants of winter, including facility and road closures in some areas.

"It may be spring in Fresno or L.A., but it's not quite like that here," park spokeswoman Kari Cobb told Times Daily Travel and Deal blogger Mary Forgione.

Glacier Point Road will be open to traffic beginning noon Friday, but park officials said that the 32 miles from Yosemite Valley to the scenic overlook at Glacier Point could close any time if a spring snowstorm kicks up. There will also be no running water at the point, and nearby Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed.

Meanwhile, Tioga Road (Highway 120), the main access to Tuolumne Meadows and the park's backcountry, remains closed because of snow, ice and avalanche dangers, officials said.

Despite this, Yosemite is expected to be busy for the holiday weekend. Forgione has more information, including tips on dealing with the crowds, in her post: Yosemite National Park: Glacier Point Road opens Friday; chilly Memorial Day weekend predicted

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Snow-covered Tuolumne Meadows as seen last Friday. Credit: Mono County Public Works Department