Monitor Pass closing for impending storm |

Monitor Pass closing for impending storm

Monitor Pass wasn’t open quite three weeks before the California Department of Transportation closes it Wednesday night due to an impending snow storm.

Highway 89 between Topaz Lake and Markleeville is an alternative route when Highway 395 through the Pine Nuts is closed.

The highway reopened on April 26.

The pre-emptive closure is based on a winter storm advisory issued by the National Weather Service predicting snow at high elevations.

A winter weather advisory was issued 2 p.m. Wednesday for the eastern slope of the Sierra, including Lake Tahoe, Alpine and Mono counties.

Forecasters say 3-8 inches of snow are expected in the Sierra passes, including Donner Pass, with more anticipated above 8,000 feet.

Up to an inch of snow is possible down to the level of Lake Tahoe between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.

“Plan on slippery road conditions overnight,” forecasters said. “Hazardous road conditions could impact the morning commute in the Sierra and snow showers will likely continue through the day on Thursday.”