Overnight snow blankets the Mono BasinNovember 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
For days we have all been constantly checking the weather forecast, refreshing radar maps, and hoping that the predictions of an inch or two of snow would deliver. This morning, I pulled open my blinds and my jaw dropped. There was about half a foot of snow on the ground and I was thrilled. Having grown up in Georgia, any amount of snow is exciting for me, but this amount of snow—especially during this five-year drought—made me giddy. In my excitement, I actually took out my cross-country skis and skied along the road to the office before it was plowed! Along the Highway 395 corridor, between seven and 12 inches of snow fell overnight. I hope you enjoy these photos of the first big snow of the season.
Crews are working hard to clear all the roads, however, several roads still have chain restrictions and many passes and roads are closed including Highway 120 (Tioga Pass), Highway 108 (Sonora Pass), Highway 89 (Monitor Pass), and Highway 270 (to Bodie State Historic Park).
Highway 395 has remained open and you can still access Mono Lake. For the most updated highway information, contact Caltrans at (800) 427-7623 or visit their website. For more information, you can call the Mono Lake Committee at (760) 647-6595 or visit the Information Center & Bookstore, open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.