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Sierra passes closed for winter

Ebbetts, Monitor and Sonora passes have been closed for the winter, the California Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday.

The recent storms, and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the pass and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closure. Once the pass is closed for winter, it will not be reopened until conditions warrant.

All three passes were closed a week earlier last year due to heavier snow.

Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park has not yet closed for the season.