[UPDATE 5 p.m. Chains Required on Hwy 299] Roads and Weather Conditions

Snowy mountain road

Berry Summit is still snowy on Hwy 299. [Image from Caltrans traffic cam]

[UPDATE: New info in red]

Winter weather is slightly loosening its grip on the Emerald Counties. Most of the roads look better today than yesterday. But snow and ice still cover county roads and can affect the main highways.

According to the National Weather Service, snow showers are expected through this morning for mountainous areas. Storms will drop precipitation (either snow or rain depending on the location) through this evening. Snow is expected down to about 1500 feet.

Major Highways:

(Information from Caltrans)

Hwy 3: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel / all wheel drive vehicles with snow treaded tires on all wheels.

Hwy 36: Headed east of Mad River chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel / all wheel drive vehicles with snow treaded tires on all wheels.

Two lane hwy dusting of snow

A dusting of snow on either side of Hwy 101 at Cushing Creek about 10 miles south of Crescent City. [Photo from Caltrans Traffic Cam.]

Hwy 96: Chains required by Happy Camp

Hwy 101: Currently mostly clear. There are no chains required.

HWY 299: Closed at Big French Creek due to a slide. UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: Caltrans reports that at Berry Summit, “Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles.”

Humboldt County Roads:

County roads recommends that you carry chains when driving at 2,000 feet and above.


Clear [as of 5 p.m.]:

  • Old Eel Rock, plowed and clear
  • Bell Springs Rd is clear.


  • Sprowel Creek closed, tree down 7 miles past airport
  • Bald Hills (Snow. Closed: 3:27 p.m.)
  • Pine Creek Road (Power line down. Closed 4:40 p.m)

The following roads are not plowed and chains are required:

  • Bair Road (closed from Hoopa to Stover Rd)
  • Titlow Hill Road
  • Three Creeks Road
  • Old Three Creek Rd. [7 inches of snow, carry chains as of 5 p.m.]

Road plowed, chains are required:

  • Alderpoint Road
  • Snow Camp Road

Carrying chains is advised for all roads over the elevation of 750 feet including:

  • Brannon Mountain Road
  • Briceland-Thorne Road (Shelter Cove Road, too)
  • Kneeland Road [Clear to the towers as of 5 p.m.]
  • Mattole Road
  • Tim Mullen Road
  • Wilder Ridge Road

UPDATE 10:19 a.m.: Roads around Happy Camp in Siskiyou County have over three feet of snow according to their Fire Chief. He says it is still snowing hard.



  • 01/03/2017 10:00 Snowing in Hoopa. Berry pass was snotty this morning at 06:00. Be careful out there!

  • Wow Kym, between this and the school info you are really helping people , good job and thanks for it!

  • Since my first (and only) language is “snarky” it’s hard to say this, thanks, Kym, you perform a valuable service.

    • Aw, I speak snarky haltingly but it’s not my natural language. But my limited understanding (and years of living with snarky family members) helps me appreciate how difficult this must be.

  • Can anyone provide an update on AP Road conditions? Need to get over the hill from Gville to AP this afternoon (Tues) if possible. Thanks in advance.

  • Re Alderpoint: 34 degrees and raining right now. It is probably below freezing by 1 mile up the hill towards Garberville, and probably snowing, at least lightly, up top. I’d be careful trying to make that trip, and wouldn’t do it unless absolutely necessary (or you enjoy putting on chains in the snow).

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