Caltrans issues Winter Travel Advisory

The National Weather Service is forecasts significant winter weather for the Northern California area lasting through mid- week.

Snow levels were anticipated to start around 3,500 feet – 5,000 on Saturday and drop to 2,000 feet or lower by Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 extremely discouraged during this upcoming winter weather system. Motorists traveling 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. Truck and/or vehicle screening is anticipated for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately 10 miles north of Redding, prior to or during the storms. Motorists are also reminded to be cognizant when traveling in recent burn scar areas as significant rain is also expected at lower elevations during this weather pattern.

For more information, contact the District 2 Public Information Office during business hours at 225-3426 or via email at

Updated highway conditions are available 24/7 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.