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Yosemite Valley to possibly reopen on Tuesday

New storm poised to arrive between Tuesday and Thursday

A waterfall heads across the road near the Merced River in a closed off Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2016.
A waterfall heads across the road near the Merced River in a closed off part of Yosemite.
Photo by Gary Kazanjian/AP Images

In light of the massive storm that hit California over the weekend, which affected inland areas more than coastal regions, Yosemite Valley closed on Friday. It’s scheduled to reopen in stages on Tuesday.

“The tourist-popular Yosemite Valley was closed Friday evening before a massive storm that dumped feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and inches of rain in mountain and foothill communities Saturday and Sunday,” reports LA Times. “Other sections of the park remained open throughout the storm.”

Yosemite Valley hit the flood stage around 9 p.m. Sunday when the Merced River creeped above 10 feet.

“According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the river peaked at 12.7 feet at 4 a.m. Monday and has started to recede,” notes Fresno Bee.

Another storm is expected to whip through the area midweek, one that’s anticipated to be colder and, possibly, dump more rain on the already saturated region.