Looks like the plows are up to Yosemite Creek.
To give context, they weren't this far until mid May last year.
It took about 23-25 days to get that far last year; this year, only 5 or 6.
The question is: how difficult will it be for us backcountry hikers to find water in August?
But having Tioga Road open early is wonderful for many many travelers.
Yup... probably a few days I'll have to pump a gallon of water in the morning when leaving to the next campsite. At least the glacier is still there (for a few more years) to feed the Lyell Fork so I can travel lighter in the Lyell Canyon segment.
The road has now been plowed to Tioga Pass. From the YosemiteNPS facebook:
YosemiteNPS: Plows have reached Tioga Pass! However, the road isn't ready to be opened yet--we still have to plow parking lots and side roads, and perform a variety of road work.
YosemiteNPS: And... there is no estimated opening date for the road at this time.
So in less than 10 days they've arrived at Tioga Pass. Certainly bodes well for a super early opening.
They are getting snow today up there, but I don't think it will slow down the opening much. The Glacier Point road was closed for a period of time today also due to snow.
They just opened up a big chunk of Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass). It is now open to Kennedy Meadows.
Man there are some serious looking clouds n the area. They all look angry! If that's possible.