We got the view above on our incoming flight on December 1 and I am pretty sure that it includes some of the Yosemite area. For one reason, the pilot had just announced that we were flying over Yosemite. The other reason is that their are two roads showing in the pictures, and the only two roads likely are the one toward Yosemite Valley and the road toward the Tioga Pass.
Anyway, we were excited about the prospect of seeing Yosemite in the snow, so we were headed in that direction. From the amount of snow we had seen, we were not surprised to hear that you could not enter the area on Hwy 120 without chains in the car. We stopped and bought some tire chains at Walmart and headed for Yosemite.
Sure enough, we reached snow shortly before the gate to Yosemite National Park. These scenes are just past the gate. The ranger told us that there was one icy stretch on the high Crane Flat (at about 6000ft) but that with care, we should be able to make it without the chains.
We got a view of the sunset and a couple of nice views of the valley below as we approached darkness.