Winter strorm warning

Caltrans District 2 would like to make motorists aware of an impactful storm moving into our area that will create challenging travel conditions through early next week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 a.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4 a.m. Forecasters are calling for snow levels ranging from 2500’-4500’ Sunday morning, rising to 4000’-6000’ Sunday night through Tuesday.

In the valley, rain amounts are forecast between 2 and 3 inches, with the highest amounts anticipated in the foothills. A Flood Watch has also been issued through Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4 a.m. along with a Wind Advisory from Saturday night through Sunday night.

It is advised to avoid mountain travel during this period if possible as conditions will make travel extremely difficult. If you must travel, be sure to pack extra supplies including snacks, water, a blanket, a flashlight, and a set of chains. Motorists should also be prepared for travel delays and road closures, especially in the Feather River Canyon where slide activity has caused the closure of the State Route 70 several times in the past few weeks.

Motorists are encouraged to check QuickMap.dot.ca.gov before traveling to see current roadway conditions and chain requirements.

Additional information and resources

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