According to a statement from Caltrans, the National Weather Service is forecasting a storm system for the Northern California area starting today and lasting throughout the remainder of the week. Dangerous mountain travel is anticipated due to heavy snow starting today through Friday with significant accumulations in the foothills Wednesday through Friday. Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully during inclement weather and allot extra time for delays, slow travel and possible highway impacts. Travelers should also carry chains when traveling into higher elevations.
Motorists are advised to be cognizant when traveling in recent burn scar areas and watch for possible areas of flooding and/or debris on the roadways that may be present due to weather conditions. 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 storms, depending on weather conditions, highway impacts or traffic incidents.
24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap. Other resources include One-Stop-Shop (roadway conditions for Western U.S.). 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.