Caltrans issues winter travel advisory for Dec. 21-27

The National Weather Service is forecasting more significant winter weather for the Northern California area, starting Tuesday and lasting through the holiday weekend, with multiple rounds of rain, wind, and heavy mountain snow.

Lower elevation snow is also a possibility during this time, as snow levels are forecasted to continue to drop throughout the week and into the weekend/early next week. 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 pattern. 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.

Truck and/or vehicle screening is anticipated for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately ten 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. 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.