Tioga Pass, the Yosemite gateway to the Eastern Sierra, will have an early opening Friday because of the lack of snowfall this season.
The pass, also know as Highway 120, connects Yosemite National Park with Lee Vining and Highway 395. It is closed as late as July in some years.
This year's snowpack was about 30% of normal, according to a Yosemite Park spokesman. Visitors are cautioned that snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at higher elevations. All campgrounds along Tioga Road are still closed and commercials services are also closed with no anticipated opening dates.