Tioga Pass road report … snow, sequester?March 1st, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director
As sequester cuts start to take effect, people everywhere are starting to translate what it all actually means, including here at Mono Lake. It is well known that cycles of life, tourism, and thus, the economy, in the Eastern Sierra are intertwined with the opening and closing of the Tioga road which connects us to the rest of California through Yosemite. We will be watching closely as events unfold and will keep you posted here and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
This morning Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) had a spot on the issue.
The Reno Gazette Journal published this article noting that Tioga Pass could open later.
As for the snow situation, the March snow surveys found 76% of average snowpack in the Mono Basin and 68% in the Tuolumne. This is a huge decline from the 110% of average snowpack we had a month ago. Here’s what the view from the low Tioga Pass gate looks like today: