Many California roads still snowbound

Crews have been digging, blowing, plowing and blasting the record-breaking snowpack for months — but many roads are still closed.

“We’re almost at the middle of June and we still have lots of passes that aren’t open,” said Florene Trainor, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.

Highway 120, the only road through Yosemite, remained closed this week as crews dig out from snows that topped 20 feet (6 meters) and snowdrifts easily more than 50 feet (15 meters) deep.

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9 thoughts on “Many California roads still snowbound

  1. I’m eagerly awaiting the wind or solar powered machines that will clear roads of snow in the manner shown in the video – or build them in the first place !

  2. I went to Yosemite… just once. I haven’t told many people this… but Yosemite gives me the CREEPS! Some bad mojo there or something. Although in principle this is not something I believe in… I kept getting a strong feeling that this was a place where people did not belong and it should have been left to the animals.

    I had gone for a job interview in Merced County, not all that far from there, so took a side trip before the interview. The main entrance towards the west was closed (yes that same road), due to major flooding they had earlier that spring so I entered from the east. Went to see a grove of sequoia first, not bad… but after I left there I had to drive along that road towards Angel Falls and went thro a tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel there was a steep valley which nearly took my breath away… but not in a good way. I kept driving, but got out of there as soon as I could since that creepy feeling kept coming on. Had to stop to eat, had to stop for a pit stop… but that bad feeling kept up the entire time I was in the valley especially.

    OK, maybe I’m weird and many would think that was “un-American” of me, but I hated the place and would never, ever go back there.

    • Look up David Paulides and his documentary Missing 411. This will blow your mind. Lots of people going missing in national parks in the USA and around the world and the circumstances are weird.

      Get this National Parks who keeps stats on everything else does not keep stats on the people who go missing in their parks.

      Maybe you are not so weird.

    • Spooky feelings were probably due to all the people who have died there over hundreds of years. You can’t explain some of your perceptions, but this doesn’t mean they are delusional. Your DNA and subconscious brain are capable of spectacular feats, but we’ve forgotten how to use them due to tv, newspapers, modern transport and corner stores…..
      Also, I would like to know how 20~50 feet of snow is going to melt at 12,000 ft altitude over 200 miles from the ocean due to a heatwave in the valleys. Any rising heat from the valleys will have to traverse massive snow fields, mixing with cold air as it does so. The air naturally drops in temperature by around 3C for every thousand feet of ascent so…. 30C near the coast will be several degrees below freezing at 12,000 feet….. source >>

  3. I’ve wondered about effects like that. In the high Sierra there are places that consistently affect different people that way. Not everyone responds the same way to the same place. There’s a spot I don’t like on the north side of Salt Springs on the edge of the Mokelumne Wilderness. Mentioning it at a gathering lead to a littany of other forest workers listing their least favorite places and “really, you don’t like that place?”

    • Thanks for mentioning that Duster… I don’t know the place you talk of, but it’s interesting to know I’ m not the only one who’s had negative reactions.

      On the other hand, the opposite can happen as well. I lived for 4 years in Alpine, CA.. and every single person I met who lived there told me they did so because the place felt the place was very special, holy even. I moved there after 911, because it game me peace of mind. And nearby Cuyamaca State Park also had a similar very positive feeling about it. But my sense of peace (and faith in Mother Nature) was totally shattered after the Cedar Fire… which destroyed 1/3 of the town. I had to leave, couldn’t take it anymore… and it was more than 10 years before I could even stand stopping when I drove through Alpine, although eventually I could.

  4. Jean, Duster, I can sympathize. I live in Los Angeles. Every time I have to go to the Antelope Valley (about 50 miles north of LA) I get a feeling of oppression! I can’t figure it out. I’m not the type who goes about having “vibes”. I’m a left brained concrete thinker.
    It can’t be because the A.V. is the high desert because I love the high desert. I’m fine as soon as I get north of there, Mojave.
    It was interesting to hear of two others that were struck by such feelings.

  5. Thanks for the comments guys! I do know that I had similarly bad feelings in places where I know there were a large number of violent deaths (like Gettysburg)… just didn’t know that was true in Yosemite. TommoOZ, I will definitely look up that documentary info you suggested.

    Gary, interesting comment about Antelope Valley… I have been through it a few times, but didn’t notice that myself. Not saying I doubt you though. Makes me wonder if that’s one of those places they make snuff films or something… I’d been warned about driving through a few places in So.Cali by myself before because of that… and the fact I like driving in the middle of nowhere (not something I do much anymore though).

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