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More than half a foot of snow fell in Sierra Nevada foothills this week. More coming?

This bald eagle teaches us all how to be stoic in a snow storm

A bald eagle in the snowfall on the Samish Flats in Skagit County doesn't seem bothered by the storm that hit Washington on February 3, 2019.
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A bald eagle in the snowfall on the Samish Flats in Skagit County doesn't seem bothered by the storm that hit Washington on February 3, 2019.

Schools and roads in the mountain area are slowly working their way back to normal after this week’s snowstorm.

According to the National Weather Service, Oakhurst received about six inches of snow and Bass Lake about nine inches.

Highways 49 and 140 in the foothills lifted the snow chain requirement on Wednesday, but Highway 41 still requires them from two miles north of Big Cedar Springs to the Yosemite National Park entrance.

Yosemite announced it would be reopening Wawona Road (Highway 41), El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) Wednesday at noon. Snow chains are required along the newly reopened roads.

Badger Pass Road, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, all campgrounds, and the Mariposa and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias remained closed on Wednesday.

Yosemite closed all of its roads Tuesday morning due to the heavy snow in the area, as well as fallen trees.

Icy road conditions led to four accidents Monday night, along with 20 more calls regarding traffic hazards, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On Wednesday, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office was still advising drivers in the area to be vigilant of any traffic hazards, including downed trees.

Yosemite Unified School District announced on Facebook that all of its schools would be starting school late on Tuesday.

Yosemite High School, Evergreen High School, Ahwahnee High School, Yosemite Adult School and John Muir Academy started school two hours late, while Rivergold Elementary and Coarsegold Elementary schools’ buses were on a one hour delay, but still started instruction at their normal time.

Chawanakee Unified School District took a similar course of action. The district announced a two-hour bus schedule delay for Minarets High School, Chawanakee Academy and Spring Valley School, although classes started on time at those schools.

Chawanakee Unified schools in the North Fork area canceled classes for a second straight day due to icy roads and power failures. That includes North Fork Elementary School, Mountain Oaks High School and Manzanita Community Day School.

The Oakhurst Community College Center campus was also reopened on Wednesday, it announced on Facebook.

And while the storm has passed, the foothills’ break from the snow could be short-lived.

The National Weather Service is forecasting Oakhurst may be seeing snow again on Saturday and Sunday, although “little or no snow accumulation” is expected.

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