Snow accumulation at Yosemite National Park has broken a 54-year-old daily record.
- The historic snowfall from back-to-back winter storms has closed the park indefinitely while rangers and park staffers work to clean up.
- A spokesperson for Yosemite and ranger for 27 years, explained, “In all of my years here, this is the most snow that I’ve ever seen at one time. This is the most any of us have ever seen.”
- The park initially announced Saturday it would close because of severe winter weather, with plans to reopen by Thursday but after additional snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, officials announced it would remain closed, without a specific date to reopen.
- As of late Tuesday, officials measured 40 inches of snow in the Yosemite Valley. which sets a record for the date.
- The previous record on the valley floor was set at 36 inches on February 28, 1969.