Several well-known nature parks in the US state of California are (partially) closed due to persistent winter weather. Among others, there is a thick layer of snow in Yosemite National Park and around the giant sequoia trees.
Even in Death Valley, which is normally the desert and the driest place on Earth, many roads are closed due to snow or flood damage.
Yosemite National Park will be closed indefinitely. Some parts of the park received more than 4.5 meters of snow. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are partially inaccessible. Roads have been destroyed by snow making it impassable for visitors.
In Redwood, several roads were closed due to downed trees from the storm. There was also a power outage.
While many observers are disappointed, the US Department of Water Resources is relieved. Rainfall has greatly reduced California’s current drought.
California has been experiencing severe weather for the past few days. 17 people have already died due to the weather. At least 34,000 residents had to evacuate. The weather caused landslides and floods.
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