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Sonora, CA — A trip over one of the Sierra Nevada mountain passes is often a popular drive during Memorial Day weekend.

Because of late season snow there are still closure gates on Highway 108 Sonora Pass, Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass and Highway 120 Tioga Pass. Caltrans is projecting that both Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass will be open by late Friday. Crews are making progress making seasonal repairs and clearing debris. Spokesperson Michele Demetrus notes that a rainstorm could hit the region Wednesday, but the forecasts for Thursday and Friday are clear. She says Caltrans crews are confident that the passes will be open by late Friday, unless Mother Nature drops more wet weather than currently anticipated.

Officials with Yosemite National Park could not be reached this morning regarding whether Highway 120 Tioga Pass will be open by the weekend.