Caltrans issues Travel Advisory for March 4-8

The National Weather Service is forecasting continuing storm systems for the Northern California area starting tomorrow and continuing into next week. Significant snow is forecast for the mountains and foothills, with chances of snow down to the valley floor.

Travel is highly discouraged during winter weather systems. 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 vital maintenance operations to keep roadways safe and open. Truck and/or vehicle screening is likely at various locations on Interstate 5 between Redding and the Oregon border prior to or during the storms.

24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap. Motorists can use QuickMap by free app for smartphones and can now opt-in for push notifications for highway closures and areas of chain control as travelers approach these areas. Other resources include One-Stop-Shop (roadway conditions for Western U.S.) or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on our Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.

Travelers are also reminded to be wary of using non-highway alternative routes in the event of highway closures. These routes may not be maintained or open during inclement weather events and may have size restrictions for larger vehicles. Contact local city or county agencies for current roadway status or restrictions on non-highway routes.