Snow is blanketing Lassen Volcanic National Park, and with more predicted later this week, park officials have closed Highway 89 through the park for the season.
Along with accumulations of up to several feet at the highest points of the park road, conditions make the road dangerously icy, said Karen Haner, a park spokeswoman. Lassen road crews do not use cinder or sand on the highway, she said.
The park highway has closed for winter as early as Oct. 18 and as late as Dec. 18 dating back to 1980, said Park Superintendent Jim Richardson. Last summer snow delayed opening the road until July 27, the latest in park records dating back to 1931.
The park highway is open to the Manzanita Lake area at the north entrance and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, one mile inside the southwest entrance to the park. All park campgrounds are now closed for the winter, except for the Southwest Campground, which remains open for snow camping.