Weather on the Way

posted Nov 19, 2018, 9:45 PM by Paul Wagner
National Weather Service RENO NV
149 PM PST Sun Nov 18 2018

Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake-Northern Washoe County-Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell,
Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton,South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport, Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire, and Gerlach
149 PM PST Sun Nov 18 2018

...Travel impacts likely across the Sierra and western Nevada Wednesday to Friday...

With it being a busy holiday travel period, the anticipated weather could bring significant impacts to travel in the Sierra. I t is best to have a winter travel kit and plan for potentially long delays Wednesday-Friday.

Wednesday: First of two storms will bring a period of rain and snow to the region. Heaviest rain and snow could move through the region late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. Best advice is to travel over the Sierra passes Wednesday morning or early Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday Night and Friday: Stronger storm possible with high winds impacting travel across western Nevada. Periods of heavy rain and snow possible for the northern Sierra, including the Tahoe Basin and Carson Pass. Minimal amounts of rain and snow will reach Mono County. Have an alternate set of travel plans, if possible consider delaying travel until Saturday.

And with that in mind...

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park will close to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to incoming winter weather. The roads will reopen as weather and road conditions permit. This is not necessarily a seasonal closure. A series of winter storms are expected to pass through the Yosemite area beginning on Tuesday evening through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. Highway 120 West, Highway 140, and Highway 41 remain open year-round and provide access to Yosemite Valley. The Hetch-hetchy Road is open for day use throughout the winter months.

All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call +1 209 372-0200.

Be careful out there!