[UPDATE 10:30 p.m. ] Weather and Road Conditions for Saturday

Rain is pounding the Emerald Counties since last night and, in the higher elevations there is quite a bit of snow. According to the National Weather Service,

Two weather systems are expected to bring significant rainfall amounts across Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties. The first [arrived last night] and continues through Monday afternoon. The second system arrives early Tuesday morning and persists through Thursday.

With these systems, expect steep and rapid rises on the mainstem rivers. Standing or ponding water is also expected in low-lying areas in and in areas with poor drainage. Also urban street flooding is expected where storm drains are unable to keep up with the rainfall.

Snow has fallen through the night across the interior mountain ranges. Orleans reported two inches of snow fell and in the mountains east of Weaverville six inches reportedly fell. The National Weather Service says, “Temperatures will warm later today, but snow still falling in parts of Trinity and NE Humboldt Co. Drive safe and carry chains!”

The Weather Service also warns, “Strong wind occurring in hills of Humboldt/Del Norte Co. Watch out in exposed high elevation areas. Wind Advisory valid until 4 PM.”

Also, should you be heading east,

Major Highways:

Berry Summit on Hwy 299 this morning [Image from Caltrans Traffic Cam-Click here to see latest image]

(Information below from Caltrans’ Quick Map. If you are heading to Oregon, check their similar site.)

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: Beginning at the Junction of 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.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: According to Caltrans District 2, Hwy 3 is CLOSED over Scott Mtn from 20 miles north of Trinity Center to 3 miles south of Callahan due to snow.

Hwy 96: Beginning two miles east of Happy Camp, chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles. UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: According to Humboldt County’s Office of Emergency Services: “1 lane controlled traffic Hwy 96 ~4 miles west of Weitchpec due to slide. Both lanes est open by 5pm.”

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

Hwy 199 at Cave Junction about 11:30 a.m. [Photo by Diana Totten]

Hwy 199: No chains required south of Oregon state line, according to Caltrans. However, Diana Totten who works with fire and Search and Rescue reports, “From that from Grants Pass to Cave Junction, there is anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of new snow.”

But Totten managed to drive from Cave Junction south with snow tires and 4WD. She says the snow plows are working from O’Brien south. It is raining and the temperature is 31 degrees at 11:45 a.m. so the roads are slick and icy.

She’ll be updating us as she continues towards Humboldt County.

UPDATE: Slushy near the Collier Tunnel but basically good.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Heading across the California/Oregon state line, Totten says the temperature has moved upwards and it is now raining and not as icy. 199 is plowed.

HWY 299: The road is mostly clear of snow. However, the large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.

Humboldt County Roads:

As yet we do not have a clear picture of county roads. As we learn them we will add the information below.

  • Shelter Cove Road at Beach Road. Now clear.
  • Laytonville Rock
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