Caltrans warns drivers of winter storms

The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of winter storms to move through Northern California, continuing Saturday, Jan. 18.

Snow levels are forecast to drop to 3,000 feet through the weekend and into the beginning of this week, with the possibility of lower snow levels mid-late next week. Motorists should check weather and road conditions prior to higher elevation travel during this time period.

Motorists that must travel into higher elevations are advised to 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 may go into effect for northbound Interstate 5 travelers at Fawndale Road, approximately ten miles north of Redding, prior to or during storm systems.

Caltrans District 2 Maintenance crews are fully staffed and prepared for winter weather travel. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and carefully around our crews as they work the highways.

For more information, contact the District 2 Public Information Office during business hours at 225-3426. The District 2 Road Conditions Hotline is available 24/7 at 225-3452 and is updated with significant traffic impacts. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on its Twitter and Facebook pages.