Monitor Pass reopens |

Monitor Pass reopens

Staff Reports

Monitor Pass opened Monday, the earliest it’s been cleared of snow since 2008, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Road crews cleared the pass of snow, debris and made repairs to the pass in time for it to open at 11 a.m. It closed on Dec. 18.

None of the other Sierra passes that are typically closed during the winter have reopened. Last year Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 didn’t open until May 11. The earliest it has opened was May 8, 2009.

According to Natural Resources Conservation Service telemetry, there were 55 inches of snow at Ebbetts Pass on March 1. Since then the snow depth’s dropped to 44 inches.

Sonora and Tioga passes typically don’t open until May. Last year, Sonora Pass opened on May 4 and Tioga opened on May 7.