Photos: Yosemite Valley under a beautiful blanket of snow

Snow covers the valley below Half Dome.
A storm brought winter weather to Yosemite National Park, with snow-covered trees and logs in the valley below Half Dome.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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A strong storm left the Yosemite Valley under a beautiful blanket of snow.

Just days before the official start of winter, it looks like there will be a white Christmas for visitors to Yosemite National Park.

Icicles frame a view.
Icicles hanging from Wawona Tunnel frame a view of the Yosemite Valley.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A bald eagle in a snow-covered tree.
A bald eagle sits on snow-covered branches above the Merced River in Yosemite National Park.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Three people in swimsuits in the snow.
College friends Kiran Fernandez, 26, from left, Carlos Martinez, 26, and Gavin Greenberg go for a dip in the Merced River despite the freezing temperatures.
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Icicles on a roof.
Icicles hang from roof ledges in the Yosemite Valley.
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Children play in the snow.
Ida Schmidt, 4, and her brother, Tobias, 6, play on snow-covered logs at the visitors center in Yosemite National Park.
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A snowy Half Dome is reflected in the river.
Half Dome is reflected in the Merced River.
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People take pictures of snow in Yosemite National Park.
Visitors stop to take pictures along the Merced River with a view of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)