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Watch the progress of snow removal crews along the passes of the Sierra Nevada. When do the routes open?

It’s that time of year again: the major snow clearing work to reopen the Central Sierra Nevada passes after a wet winter.

Caltrans District 9 maintenance crews working on Highway 108 in Mono County were within four miles of Sonora Pass, the transportation agency said Monday. Once they reach the top, workers will continue clearing ice and snow from the roadway until they encounter their District 10 counterparts on the west side.

Caltrans reported he was working with a thick layer of ice on the sidewalk.

Crews are also clearing snow on Highway 120 West and Tioga Pass, nearly reaching Saddlebag Lake Road near the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park.

“Crews are using a grader and bulldozer to push the snow into manageable piles so the blower can remove it from the road,” Caltrans District 9 said in a post on Instagram.

Caltrans typically tries to open Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 in Alpine County and Sonora Pass before Memorial Day, but it’s too early to predict opening dates, Brian Hooker of Caltrans District 10 told the Union-Democrat newspaper.

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Crews will try to work 10 hours a day, seven days a week to reopen Sonora Pass, Hooker said.

The passes are likely to open earlier than last year, when epic snow conditions and road damage prevented clear sailing until June.

Ebbetts Pass, with an elevation of 7,000 feet along Highway 4, and Sonora Pass, 11,000 feet above sea level along Highway 108, have been closed to the public since late November.

Tioga Pass is the highest of the routes at 3,945 feet on Highway 120.

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