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MINERAL, Calif. – The winter season has begun at the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Park officials said in a social media post Friday morning they had already received three inches of snow at the Visitor Center. They added, if the forecasted weather continues, they could see up to a foot of snow on the ground by Saturday morning.
The Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is currently closed through traffic for the winter and spring snow season due to recent snowfall, the national park service announced Friday.
“This autumn snowfall is a welcome reprieve from a particularly dry summer and fall season,” said Acting Superintendent Jason Mateljak. “Visitors can continue to enjoy the park while being prepared for a wide range of conditions during this early winter season.”
Lassen Volcanic National Park will remain open throughout the Winter and Spring snow season. Vehicle access is limited to the Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Area and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center in the southwest area.
The remaining 28 miles of the park highway is closed to through traffic and serves as a snow-covered route for snowshoeing and skiing, said the park service. Roads to access Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake are open at this time, however, the roads may close for the season at any time if conditions warrant.
The Southwest Campground is open year-round for oversnow tent camping or camping in vehicles in the visitor center parking area. The oversnow tent camping area is located at the southern end of the parking area.
The National Park Services advises that visitors check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water when preparing to visit. Stow a shovel, blankets, and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available between November and May. To learn more, click here.