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Over two feet of new snow was reported Wednesday morning in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows area by National Weather Service weather spotters.

NWS is also expecting heavy snow throughout the remainder of Wednesday and into Friday throughout the foothills. Wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour could occur throughout the storm.

Snow levels were at about 2,500 feet Tuesday night, before rising to around 5,000 feet by Wednesday night.

Caltrans says that due to snow and ice, I-5 is closed in both directions in the Grapevine area. Northbound I-5 is closed at Lake Hughes Road in Castaic. Southbound I-5 is closed at Grapevine Road. There is no estimated opening time.

Some of the forecast snow totals through Friday evening include:

  • Yosemite Valley, 12-18 inches
  • Mammoth Lakes, 48-60 inches
  • Tioga Pass, 72 inches
  • Grant Grove, 72 inches
  • Lodgepole (Sequoia National Park), 72 inches

Inside the entrance gate to Sequoia National Park, the Generals Hwy. is closed due to snow at the Foothills Visitor Center. For updates and other weather and road condition information there, you can call 559-565-3341 (dial 1, 1).

Overdue Campers Tie up Resources

The Madera County Sheriffs Office is pleading with the public to avoid recreational travel during this current storm after they had to tie up resources Tuesday afternoon locating two overdue campers.

MCSO search and rescue teams were dispatched to the Bass Lake Vista area to locate two overdue campers. A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol responded to assist, as well. After several hours, the campers were located and reunited with family members.

“When deputies and resources are tied up trying to get to someone who drove their vehicle in conditions they shouldn’t have, those resources aren’t available to assist the mothers, fathers, children and grandparents having medical emergencies that need transport to a hospital,” wrote the Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post.

afternoon, MCSO Search and Rescue teams were dispatched to the Bass Lake Vista area to locate two overdue campers. CHP H-40 responded to assist. (Facebook/Madera Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Rainfall Totals

The heavy rain from the storm system has prompted the weather service to issue a flood advisory for parts of Fresno County through early Wednesday afternoon.

Some of the rain totals being reported by NWS weather spotters include:

  • Clovis: Spotter report of rainfall of 0.33 inches
  • Merced, Spotter report of 24 hour rain total of 0.45 inches
  • Chowchilla, Spotter report of 24 hour rain total of 0.07 inches

PG&E Power Outages

PG&E reports that systemwide for central and Northern California,  215,300 customers are without power due to the storm. More than 100,000 of those customers are in the Sacramento and Stockton areas.

In the Yosemite Division there are currently 11,265 customers out. PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles says the majority of which are new outages from this storm in the mountain and foothill communities. “We do still have lingering impacts from the wind storm in Wawona and Fish Camp that are affecting about 350 customers,” says Boyles.

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