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Yosemite Valley to reopen after fears of flooding recede

Yosemite
Posted at 1:14 PM, Apr 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-30 16:14:15-04

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Temporarily shuttered parts of Yosemite Valley will reopen earlier than expected after fears of flooding receded Saturday, park officials announced.

Eastern Yosemite Valley, which is home to Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, closed Friday night and was expected to stay off-limits to visitors until Wednesday.

The valley will be open Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will reopen fully Monday at 7 a.m.

The forecast of flooding came after unseasonably warm weather melted record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California. Park officials said visitors should stay cautious.

“Rivers are running very high and are extremely dangerous,” they said on social media. “Do not go into or even approach rivers in Yosemite.”