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Sonora Pass closure

With a threat of snow, Sonora Pass is expected to close at noon today.

The closure on Highway 108 will start at Kennedy Meadows, according to Caltrans officials.

The pass will reopen when weather permits.

Caltrans will continue to post road closure information on their flashing beacons signs along Highway 108.

Caltrans said weather and road conditions can quickly change and drivers should be prepared for winter conditions.

Bone-chilling Halloween forecast

Mountain communities in the Central Sierra are expected to get cold rain and snow this weekend, as a Pacific cold front moves through the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a “winter storm warning” for elevations above 5,000 feet, warning drivers of potentially hazardous conditions.

Sierra Views: Burns is Rocky Hill ‘spookswoman’

Denise Burns, of Murphys, stands in her elaborately decorated kitchen as she talks of the fun she has celebrating Halloween. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
What started out as some pumpkin carving and cornstalks two decades ago has evolved into an elaborate Halloween tradition for the Rocky Hill neighborhood in Murphys.

And right there at the skeleton core of it all has been Denise Burns. 

Caution makes for happier holiday

Friday is Halloween and local public safety authorities want to remind people to be safe. 

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson and Cal Fire officials offer the following tips to protect children and homes from Halloween fire hazards:

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