Early opening for the Glacier Point and Tioga Roads?

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CF

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 23, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
There aint much snow out there.

The Glacier Point Road 3/23/13
The Glacier Point Road 3/23/13
Credit: CF
Mt Starr King 3/23/13
Mt Starr King 3/23/13
Credit: CF
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Mar 23, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/Update-for-March-20-2013.htm

Update for March 20, 2013
March 20, 2013 Posted by: Laura and Rob Pilewski
Weather: March 13th through March 20th
High temperature: 59F (March 13th)
Low temperature: 14F (March 17th)
New snow: 3 inches
Total settled snow depth: 32 inches as of March 20th

Skiing Conditions and Weather: Above-normal temperatures and dry conditions prevailed in the Tuolumne Meadows area this week. It is presently snowing, however, and though not forecast to be a significant precipitation event, any additional water added to the snowpack will be welcome. Ski conditions are good, and above 9,500 feet, the snowpack is still in winter mode on all but south aspects. At the mid-elevations (Tuolumne Meadows is at 8,600 feet), the snowpack has gone through a significant melt-freeze cycle this week and hard and supportable snow conditions are found on all aspects (except southern, which are mostly bare) in the early part of the day. The snow has gotten punchy in places during the heat of the day. Subsequently, the best ski touring conditions are found in the early morning to early afternoon, and there is a good window of corn snow skiing in the late morning.
QITNL

climber
Mar 23, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Wow, Glacier Point Road looks dry. That's the sunny corner, is the rest of it that bad? I was thinking of heading up there next weekend, maybe I needn't bother. Oh well, looks like we'll get an early summer.
PeteC

climber
Mar 24, 2013 - 03:16am PT
The rumor going around mammoth is that the government sequester cut the road opening /plowing budget so that it will open in June regardless of snow conditions
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 24, 2013 - 05:03am PT
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Third-Pillar-of-Dana-First-Winter-ascent-by-a-Cheburashka/t11353n.html

Anyone else recall last winter's dry spell?

Good reportage, KNOM, 99.0 % sure on your radio dial.

What about early May? Maggie?
QITNL

climber
Mar 24, 2013 - 05:25am PT
Roads should be open early, the only thing that got sequestered was snow.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 24, 2013 - 05:27am PT
It looks like it did last December/January, worse, maybe.

Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A.

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 24, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
Does anyone have a link to current high res satellite images of the Yosemite? You should be able to see if the road is clear or knott.

khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Mar 25, 2013 - 10:39am PT
For what it would cost to buy "recent" imagery you could fly to California and drive up there yourself.

Been itching for some backcountry travel... maybe I'll go up there this week
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