The recent storm may have caused havoc for freeways and some flooding, but it brought new life to Yosemite National Park's waterfalls, which are flowing again after being dry for several months.
Officials announced Wednesday that the park's grand Yosemite, Bridalveil and Cascade falls are flowing after two days of significant rainfall in Northern California.
“To see Yosemite Falls coming to life this morning is truly exhilarating,” Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said in a statement.
Yosemite's numerous falls usually have peak water flow in May or June, according to the park. By August, the flow dwindles to a trickle or the falls go totally dry. But fall storms, like the recent rains, can reinvigorate them.
The National Weather Service in Hanford reported that Yosemite received more than an inch of rain in the last 24 hours.
Even with all the rain, Highways 140, 120 and 41 leading into Yosemite Valley were open and clear. But Tioga Road and Glacier Point remain closed because of snow and ice.
A winter storm warning for the Sierra Nevada expired at 10 a.m., but forecasters said 2 to 6 inches of snow were expected.
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