Friday, February 8, 2019

NEWS RELEASE- Winter Storm Warning for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 5679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1905
Winter Storm Warning for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California February 8, 2019 – A winter storm warning has been issued for the southern Sierra Nevada starting Friday afternoon that will impact travel into and within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 

The parks have been actively plowing and clearing roads of fallen trees since last weekend’s storm. The Generals Highway leading into the Giant Forest was closed for most of the week, and tire chain restrictions have been in place for other areas. Giant Forest Museum and Kings Canyon Visitor Center were closed most of this week due to power outages and road closures.

This next storm is expected to bring more snow starting Friday afternoon and high winds expected Sunday, which may create hazardous conditions with falling trees and branches, power outages, and slick roads.

“Travel into Sequoia and Kings Canyon under these conditions may make for very challenging and potentially dangerous travel,” said Ned Kelleher, Chief Ranger for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “The most recent storm has left very little room to maneuver and nowhere to put new snow. The trees are snow and ice laden and the accumulating new snow will cause failures.”

Visitors are asked to carefully plan their visit, call the main park line for current road condition information at 559-565-3341, and travel with extreme caution if they decide to visit. More information on tire chain restrictions and current conditions can also be found on www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions, and the best source for park weather information is www.weather.gov.  
Photo Above: NPS Ranger clearing a path in front of the Giant Forest Museum on 2/5/19
Photo Above: NPS crew working to clear large fallen tree on road earlier this week
Photo Above: Kings Canyon Visitor Center earlier this week covered in snow
and closed during power outage
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki