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Mother Lode Passes Closed For Winter

Arnold, CA — Caltrans announced this morning that Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass is officially closed for the winter season.

Last Friday, Highway 108 Sonora Pass was closed for the winter, and Highway 120 Tioga Pass closed a couple of weeks ago. The passes typically re-open around Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather conditions.

Caltrans encourages motorists to keep an eye on chain controls over the coming months when traveling through the high country.


R-1: Chains are required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses). All other vehicles (cars, pick-ups, vans, etc.) must have either snow tread tires or chains on the drive axle.
R-2: Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires. Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.
R-3: Chains required – ALL VEHICLES – no exceptions.