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'Granite Curtain' falls; Tioga, Sonora, Monitor passes all closed for snow

November 21, 2013

The Tioga Road, westbound from Lee Vining toward Tioga Pass. The pass closed this week because of snow, but officials have not yet closed it "for the season" quite yet. File Photo

Around here, we call it "The Granite Curtain," and when it falls, it means all three major passes to the West Side of the Sierra Nevada are closed.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the last of the three passes that was open—S.R. 89 over Monitor Pass—closed because of snow.

Motorists from the Eastside who are traveling westbound toward the Northern California coast, The Bay Area or any of the Central Valley destinations, now are advised to use S.R. 88 and Luther Pass near South Lake Tahoe to access Westside destinations.

At some point, all three passes will close for the season, meaning it will be be spring before "The Granite Curtain" lifts again.

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