Yosemite National Park shared video of snow blanketing Yosemite Valley on Sunday writing, "waking up to a snowy morning in Yosemite Valley. Stay warm out there!"
...waking up to a snowy morning in Yosemite Valley. ❄️ Stay warm out there! pic.twitter.com/6CpmCaVWnW— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) November 9, 2020
It was the park's first snow since being affected by the Creek Fire, which began burning on September 4 near Shaver Lake.
The Creek Fire remained at 379,729 acres and 70% contained as of Monday morning.
#CreekFire update for Monday, Nov. 9. No change in acreage or containment. Up to a foot of snow at high elevations and up to 1 inch of rain at lower elevations. No PDF currently available but we will post ASAP.— Sierra Ntl. Forest (@Sierra_NF) November 9, 2020
689 personnel#FireYear2020 pic.twitter.com/JAnallvIiR
The Sierra National Forest's Twitter account also shared photos Saturday saying, the snowfall "definitely helped mellow fire behavior in that neck of the woods."
The photos were taken about five miles south of Mammoth, according to the account.
Snow pics taken Saturday during a reconnaissance flight of the #CreekFire in the high-country wilderness along the Fish Creek drainage below Pumice Butte about 5 miles S of Mammoth. It was just a dusting, but it definitely helped mellow fire behavior in that neck of the woods. pic.twitter.com/Uh4YeAeInS— Sierra Ntl. Forest (@Sierra_NF) November 8, 2020
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The weekend winter storm also forced the closure of two major roads in Yosemite National Park.
Tioga Road, which is also known as Highway 120, and Glacier Point Road temporarily closed on November 5.
National Park officials say they will re-evaluate whether to open the roads on Monday.
Authorities are reminding drivers that tire chains may be required inside Yosemite Valley.
You can check road conditions by calling (209) 372-0200.
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