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MERCED RIVER - YOSEMITE NP AT POHONO BRIDGE (POHC1)
Latitude: 37.72º NLongitude: 119.67º WElevation: 3862 Feet
Location: Mariposa County in CaliforniaRiver Group: San Joaquin
Monitor Stage: N/A Flood Stage: 10.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2021
2,160
5.92
May 6, 2021
2020
3,560
7.41
Apr 30, 2020
2019
6,770
10.13
Jun 6, 2019
2018
12,100
13.68
Apr 7, 2018
2017
10,500
12.69
Jan 9, 2017
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Oct 1916 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
1997
24,600
23.43
Jan 03, 1997
1956
23,400
21.52
Dec 23, 1955
1951
23,000
19.98
Nov 19, 1950
1938
22,000
19.10
Dec 11, 1937
1965
18,000
16.96
Dec 23, 1964
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ324)
Today: Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of rain late in the afternoon. Highs 47 to 53. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

Tonight: Windy. Rain and snow in the evening, then rain, snow and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Precipitation may be heavy at times. Snow accumulation up to 13 inches. Lows 28 to 34. South winds 15 to 25 mph shifting to the southwest 20 to 30 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Sunday: Colder. Snow and rain in the morning, then snow showers in the afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times. Snow accumulation up to 10 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 23 inches. Snow level 4100 feet. Near steady temperature in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Sunday Night: Colder. Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows 20 to 26. Northeast winds up to 10 mph.

Monday: Sunny. Highs 40 to 46. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night through Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 29 to 37. Highs 46 to 53.

Thursday through Friday: Mostly clear. Highs 51 to 58. Lows 33 to 39.
Impacts - E19 Information
7.0 FeetRiver is closed to rafters and floatation.
9.0 FeetChapel Meadow (south side of river) and Cooks Meadow (north side of river) begins to experience overflow.
9.5 FeetPortion of Lower Pines Campground becomes flooded. Limited site-specific evacuations begin at Housekeeping Camp located along the south-facing bank of the Merced River. (Upstream from Sentinel Bridge and downstream from Stoneman Bridge)
10.0 FeetWestern portion of North Pines Campground, located at the east end of Yosemite Valley between the confluence of the Merced River and Tenaya Creek, begins to flood. Water rises to the base of the "swinging bridge".
12.5 FeetNorthside Drive and Southside Drive, which are the major roads in Yosemite Valley, become flooded and are closed to traffic.
23.45 FeetFlood of record (01/02/1997). $178 Million damage to Yosemite Valley.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS San Joaquin Valley-Hanford Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.