The recent winter storm has caused major damage inside Yosemite National Park. Several housing units and park facilities have been damaged or destroyed.
Yosemite Valley received approximately 18 to 24 inches of snow from the recent storm.
Park officials say heavy snowfall caused several trees to topple, power outages, and roads to temporarily close. It also damaged park campgrounds and temporarily closed the park’s ski area.
Luckily no injuries occurred during the storm.
Officials tell us about 50 guest cabins at Half Dome Village and 50 to 70 housing units were damaged or destroyed.
About 150 concession employees are impacted. Yosemite spokesman Jamie Richards says arrangements are being made to provide employees temporary housing.
Currently, all visitor services at Half Dome Village are closed.
Upper Pines Campground is closed, park officials say trees continue to fall on restrooms in the campground. The area is expected to reopen in the next several days.
The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area is also closed.
Drivers should keep tire chains on them, temporary road closures and delays are possible over the next few days for Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West), Wawona Road (Highway 41), and El Portal Road (Highway 140).
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions visitors can call 209-372-0200. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose.