Caltrans is closing State Route 89/Monitor Pass.

UPDATE: State Route 89/Monitor Pass to Close Ahead of Storm

MONO COUNTY — With another winter storm in the forecast for the Eastern Sierra, Caltrans is closing State Route 89/Monitor Pass. The closure is planned for Friday, December 11, at 2:00 pm. The other two mountain passes in Mono County remain closed with State Route 108/Sonora Pass still under a storm closure and State Route 120 West closed for the winter season.

Motorists are reminded to keep a set of snow chains in their vehicles. Even vehicles equipped with snow tires need to keep these on hand as certain chain requirement levels will necessitate their use. Motorists should also keep a snow duster readily available to dust off any snow that may have accumulated on their vehicle since they last drove. Snow and ice dropping off the top of cars, trucks, and SUVs can create hazardous conditions for other vehicles on the road.

In the event of an extended delay, drivers should make sure they have a full tank of gas and keep the following supplies on hand:

  • Snacks and Water
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Jumper Cables
  • Kitty Litter or Sand (for tire traction when stuck)
  • Windshield Scraper
  • First-Aid Kit

With the arrival of the winter snow and rain season, drivers should prepare for slick and icy driving conditions and reduce their speed to allow for extra space between vehicles.

For the latest information on road closures and chain controls, please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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