Yosemite National Park partly reopened Thursday to daytime visitors after a severe winter storm knocked out power throughout the California park over the weekend. But Yosemite continued to limp along without electrical power, and some of its most popular spring venues, such as campgrounds and the Badger Pass Ski Area, remained shut.
The park reopened California Highways 120, 140 and 41 on its south and west entrances to visitors between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, though a storm warning remains in effect until Friday morning, according to a news release. Chains were required for all vehicles. Restaurants and other services were limited although room reservations would be honored, the statement says.
The park hopes to reopen more fully Friday and throughout the weekend, depending on weather conditions. More snow is forecast in the area through Saturday. Yosemite Valley lodgings, including heated tent cabins at Curry Village, are expected to be open to visitors starting Friday, with generators providing the juice for heat and lights. Campgrounds are expected to reopen Monday.
Roads into the park had been shut since a storm Saturday dumped three feet of snow in the area. The storm also downed key transmission lines in an area along Highway 140 on the Merced River known as the Ferguson Slide. The lines were the key to providing electricity to El Portal and the entire park.