The Madeleine Brand Show for January 19, 2012

Rain in the Pacific Northwest, but clear skies in Sierra Nevada have opened up access in Yosemite

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Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park. So far this year, the Sierra Nevada high country has had one of the driest and warmest winters on record. But storms heading to California could change that.

An ice storm is crippling the Pacific Northwest this morning. The Seattle airport has cancelled dozens of flights and tens of thousands of people are without power. The storm comes just a day after the region received an unusually large amount of snow.

So far, this has not been the case for the Sierra Nevada mountains - the snow levels there are at near record lows. And in Yosemite, that means winter adventurers have a rare chance to explore in the off season.

Dan Brekke has more for The California Report's Climate Watch Initiative.

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