Yosemite is beautiful all year round, but it looks particularly magical with a dusting of snow. The many trees and staggering cliffs make for quite a picturesque scene in the winter. Yosemite had recent snowfall in the first week of January–and if you’re like us–you probably were envious of all the beautiful videos and pictures of the National Park circling social media the past few days.
What can we expect?
The weather advisory expects 8 to 12 inches of snow in the highest regions, and the advisory is set to end on 4 a.m. on January 11, 2024. The National Weather Service warns that roads could be slick, making travel difficult or even impossible. Strong winds could also cause damage in wooded areas.
Plus, cold temperatures in high-elevation areas may reach lows of 20 below zero, which can lead to frostbite. The NWS advises practicing caution if you’re traveling through the area, and checking for updated weather reports and road conditions.
Currently, Yosemite is still open to visitors for the winter, though, you will have to make reservations in advance. Many hikes and select roads will be closed due to the snow, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.
Where to get the latest weather updates and potential closings
Snowfall in Yosemite is always exciting for the spectacular views it can bring, but if you plan on traveling in the area, please make sure to follow weather advisories from the National Weather Service to ensure your safety.
It’s also advised that visitors refer to and follow the National Park Service website for Yosemite National Park to receive the latest alerts in effect.