Caltrans issues Winter Travel Advisory for Feb. 29 through March 3

There’s a storm coming.

A winter storm is headed our way beginning tomorrow.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant winter weather system for the Northern California area, starting Thursday and lasting through Sunday.Snow levels are currently forecast to start around 4,500 to 5,500 feet on Thursday and may lower to 1,000 feet or less by Sunday. Motorists should plan for chain controls in many areas and are advised to check weather and roadway conditions prior to and during breaks in travel.

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 is anticipated for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately 10 miles north of Redding, prior to or during the weather system.

Motorists are reminded to be cognizant when traveling in recent burn scar areas and to slow down and drive carefully during inclement weather. Travelers should also be wary of using non-highway alternative routes during highway closures as these routes may not be maintained or open during winter weather events and may have size restrictions for larger vehicles.

24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap (also available by free app for smartphones) and One-Stop-Shop (Western U.S.).

Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on our Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.

Additional information and resources

Winter Preps 2023 Press Release

District 2 Winter Weather Driving Tips Video

District 2 Winter Operations Video

Caltrans/CHP Chains Q&A Video

National Weather Service

CHP Tire Traction Devices PDF