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Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs

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avatar Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 03, 2011 12:49PM
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Caltrans, District 9:

California Department of Transportation District 9 — In preparation of predicted incoming storm, Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 02:04PM
Ebbetts Pass is also being pre-emptively closed. From the road conditions page:

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CalTrans
SR 4
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
WILL BE CLOSED FROM 0.5 MI EAST OF THE JCT OF SR 207 /MT REBA TURNOFF/
TO THE JCT OF SR 89 /EBBETTS PASS/ (ALPINE CO) AT 1700 HRS ON 10/4/11
- FOR STORM PREPARATION - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

Monitor Pass as well.

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SR 89
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
WILL BE CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) TO THE JCT OF SR 4
/MONITOR PASS/ (ALPINE CO) AT 1700 HRS ON 10/4/11 - FOR STORM PREPARATION
- MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/04/2011 02:06PM by ttilley.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 04:42PM
Sounds like they should close Tioga too.
Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 05:35PM
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Dave
Sounds like they should close Tioga too.

If so, hopefully it's just temporary until the official shutdown date of Oct 15th.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/04/2011 05:37PM by Ohnivy-Drak.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 06:21PM
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Ohnivy-Drak
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Dave
Sounds like they should close Tioga too.

If so, hopefully it's just temporary until the official shutdown date of Oct 15th.

Oct 15th isn't the official shutdown date as far I know. It's just the date when they will no longer permit overnight parking on Tioga Road (and Glacier Point Road). The road could still be open for travel and day-use parking after that date barring any major storms coming through.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 06:41PM
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Ohnivy-Drak
If so, hopefully it's just temporary until the official shutdown date of Oct 15th.
As already stated, there is no official "shut down" date. The pass closes when there is enough snow to not melt in a few days. I was talking about closing the pass in advance of the storm so that no one gets caught up there. I'm assuming that's what they're doing with the other passes.

I'll be going up there tomorrow. I'll report back later.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 04, 2011 07:07PM
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Dave
I was talking about closing the pass in advance of the storm so that no one gets caught up there. I'm assuming that's what they're doing with the other passes.

That's what I assumed as well. And sometime earlier we had a discussion that included the experience of being caught on Sonora with substantial snow on the road from poorly forecasted snow...I have AWD w/ good tires (Goodyear Triple-Treads w/ reasonably deep tread) and the experience is decidedly unpleasant. Still, pre-emptive closing, at least before the not-going-to-plow-date (10/15) seems odd.
avatar Re: Sonora Pass will close tomorrow (10/4/11) @ 1700 hrs
October 05, 2011 12:51PM
SR 108
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM 26.4 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY TO 5.3 MI WEST OF THE
JCT OF US 395 /SONORA PASS/ (TUOLUMNE,MONO CO) - FOR STORM PREPARATION
- MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 4 MI EAST TO 17.6 MI EAST OF
STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO)
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