Caltrans is temporarily closing down three mountain passes in the Sierra Nevada starting Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service is calling for rain in the higher elevations, and that could create some hazardous driving conditions. Caltrans says State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass, State Route 89 over Monitor Pass, and State Route 108 over the Sonora Pass will all close between noon and 2:00 p.m. Officials say they will reevaluate the condition of the roadways on Saturday and then decide whether to reopen.
“Confidence is increasing in the chances for rain and high elevation snow showers Thursday into Friday,” the National Weather Service said. Several inches of snow are possible at the higher elevations. An even older air mass is expected to move into the region Monday and Tuesday, when snow levels could drop to the valley floors.