Update at 5 p.m.: Caltrans reports that Highway 120 Tioga Pass has been shutdown due to stormy weather moving through the Sierra Nevada. Additionally, Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass will be closed at Lake Alpine starting at 9pm while crews already shut the gates at Kennedy Meadows on Highway 108 Sonora Pass at 3 p.m. today due to stormy weather blowing through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Further details on the storm can be viewed below.)
Update at 3 p.m.: Caltrans reports that Highway 108 Sonora Pass is closed at Kennedy Meadows. Highway 120 Tioga Pass is scheduled to close at 5pm and Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass at Lake Alpine starting at 9pm.
Original post at 10:45 p.m.: Sonora, CA — Local Sierra Nevada mountain passes will close later today in anticipation of winter-like conditions overnight.
Caltrans reports that Highway 108 Sonora Pass will close at Kennedy Meadows beginning at 3pm and Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass will close at Lake Alpine starting at 9pm. Caltrans adds that Yosemite National Park plans to close Highway 120 Tioga Pass at 5pm. It is unclear when the passes will reopen as it is dependent on how much snow arrives.
The National Weather Service reports that a winter weather advisory for the Sierra Nevada will go into effect at 11pm today and continue until 11am on Friday for elevations above 6,500 ft. Total snow accumulations of 3-6 inches are projected. A dusting of snow is expected as low as 5,000 ft. when the system moves out on Friday morning.