National Weather Service issues Travel Advisory

The National Weather Service is forecasting continuing storm systems for the Northern California area lasting throughout the remainder of the week. Significant rain and winds are currently forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which may result in localized flooding, slides, and other storm debris. Higher elevation snow is also forecast throughout the week. 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 ten 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.

If you are traveling during this time period, monitor changing weather and roadway conditions through the National Weather Service and QuickMap.