The National Weather Service forecasts another winter weather system for the Northern California area, starting Monday and lasting through Wednesday. Snow levels are currently forecast to start around 2,500 feet on Monday and rise to 4,500 feet or higher by midday Tuesday. Strong winds and whiteout conditions are possible at times during the storm as well. Motorists should plan for chain controls in higher elevations and are advised to check weather and roadway conditions prior to and during breaks in travel.
Higher elevation travel is discouraged during inclement winter weather. Motorists who must travel into higher elevations must carry chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, expect delays and possible closures and follow instructions of Caltrans personnel and law enforcement. Motorists who do not comply with chain controls endanger their own safety and the safety of other motorists around them, along with jeopardizing our vital maintenance operations to keep routes open and safe during storms. Truck and/or vehicle screening may occur for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately 10 miles north of Redding, prior to or during the weather system. Motorists are also reminded to be cognizant when traveling in recent burn scar areas.
For more information, contact the District 2 Public Information Office during business hours at 225-3426 or via email. 24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap (also available by free app for smartphones), One-Stop-Shop (Western U.S.), or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network by calling (800) 427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on our Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.