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Yosemite prepares for storm with road closure. Here’s where snow is expected in Sierra

There’s a storm coming and Yosemite National Park is prepping for some winter-like conditions.

The park is closing Glacier Point Road and advising visitors to prepare for winter driving conditions for the next several days along Highway 140 (El Portal Road), Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) and Highway 41 (Wawona Road). Tire chains may be required at any time and additional road closures may be called.

The Glacier Point closure goes into affect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will last until the storm system passes and the road can be evaluated for hazards, according to news releases from the park.

Winter storm warning

This comes as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the southern Sierra Nevada.

The warning will be in affect from midnight Wednesday to 6 a.m. Friday. Heavy snowfall and wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected.

A few inches of snow is predicted at around 5,000 feet, with 1 to 2 feet forecasted for above 7,000 feet.

Again, this will make travel in the area dangerous, or in some cases impossible, according to the NWS.

The northern Sierra could see 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Several storms on way

The storm is one of three expected to pass through the region over the next week.

There should be a small reprieve Friday before a second storm is expected to hit on Sunday and Monday.

A third storm is projected Tuesday, though specific details aren’t quite clear yet, according to the NWS forecast discussion.

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