Yosemite snowpack at 276pct of normal


Every year, crews driving huge snow plows with whirring metal rotary blades remove snow that buries the fabled route seven feet deep or more. This year, they had more than usual. On April 1, the snowpack was 176 percent of normal in the park.

Two years ago, after the wet winter of 2017 that broke California’s five-year drought and dumped enormous amounts of snow in the Sierra Nevada, park crews opened Glacier Point Road on May 11. Other than that, this year’s May 10 opening is the latest in eight years, since 2011.

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