[UPDATE 6:31 p.m.] Weather and Roads, Wednesday

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Yesterday evening on the south end of the Avenue of the Giants. [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

After being buffeted by storms for the last four days, the weather should be calmer. The National Weather Service is predicting much less rain today. This should help with flooding. The main rivers across the Emerald Counties have “either already crested or will crest through the morning hours and recede through the day.”

Expect the Humboldt Bay area though to experience some flooding due to high tides. High Tide is at 10:09 for the Humboldt Bay North Spit and flooding could begin two hours previously.

Snow is possible down to 3000 feet this morning and 2000 feet this afternoon into the evening, according to the weather Service.

We should have sunnier skies this weekend before another storm next week.

Major Highways:

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

Heavy equipment working on a slide.

Hwy 1 slide [Photo by Melissa Bradley‎]

  • HWY 1:
    • Caltrans reports this is “closed about 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 101 in Mendocino County is closed due to an active slide. It is not known how long it will remain closed.”
    • It is also closed at Manchester.
  • Hwy 3: Clear.
  • Hwy 36: 
    • Closed 1.5 miles east of Forest Glen (Trinity County) – Due to a slide a detour is not available – motorists are advised to use an alternate route.
  • Hwy 96:
    • According to Caltrans, beginning at two miles east of Happy Camp, “Trucks and vehicles pulling trailers require chains, traction devices or snow tires on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles.”
    • Eastbound Highway 96  near Crawford Creek: Caltrans says, “96 is open to one way traffic 13 miles west of Happy Camp, Siskyou County – due to a slide – motorists should expect delay”
  • Hwy 101: Currently mostly clear.
  • Hwy 199: Open
  • Hwy 211: One way controlled traffic.
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants)Closed from Myres Rd to Burlington State Park to open at 4:30pm Jan 13, 201
  • HWY 299: Mostly clear. However, the large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.

Humboldt County Roads: (Plus some from Mendocino)

As we learn details, we will add the information below.

  • Old Arcata Road-Flooding at Jacoby Creek
  • Arcata City Roads:
    • Buttermilk Lane near 2777
    • Jackson Ranch Road at Foster Avenue: Flooded
  • Bair Road – open from Hoopa to Stover Rd
  • Bald Hills – open carry chains
  • Benbow Road–Closed at mile marker 3.4  near Fish Canyon Road
  • Briceland Thorn–Flooding near Ettersburg Road cutoff.
  • Camp Kimtu Road- Flooded
  • Camp Weott -closed
  • Cannibal Road – Flooded
  • Upper Cappell Road – Flooding, one lane
  • Cock Robin Island-flooding travel with caution
  • Coffee Creek Road, closed due to flooding
  • Dillon Rd – closed between Riverside and Goble Lane, flooded
  • Dyerville Loop Road
    • Closed at mile marker 3.5, slip out
    • Watchout at mile marker 15 – slide but it ispassable
  • Elk Creek Road in Myers Flat -flooded
  • Elk River Road-flooded at Berta
  • Eureka roads:
    • Corner of Walnut Drive and Redwood Street: Flooded
  • Evergreen Road (near Redway): Still open but a slide keeps pushing. [More information here.]
  • Fields Landing Road-flooded
  • Fulmor Rd – closed
  • Graham Road: closed
  • Goble Lane – closed 
  • Hookton Road–Open but slippery
  • Fulmor Rd – closed past Goble
  • Jackson Ranch Road at Foster Avenue, Arcata – flooded
  • Kimtu Flooded–passable with 4WD

    Kimtu yesterday. [Photo byAlfred Williams]

  • Mad River Road (Arcata Bottoms) closed at mile marker 2.75 because of flooding.
  • Maple Creek Road at slide- 1 lane traffic open
  • Meridian  Road – closed
  • Morgan Road: closed
  • Mosswood Road in Benbow: Detour to East Blue Rock
  • McCann Ferry is not operating (Too much debris in the water]
  • Nissen Road – closed
  • Old Briceland Road–Closed at mile marker 2.3
    • Old Briceland Road slipping out

      Slip out on Old Briceland.[Photo by Kai Ostrow]

  • Poole Road –One Lane
  • Pine Creek – Flooded
  • Pine Hill at Elk River-flooded
  • Pleasant Point – Closed
  • Port Kenyon – closed, flooded
  • Redcap Road-open
  • Redwood Drive:
    • Open at the Bluffs 
    • Open at Dean Creek
  • Sage – closed
  • Shively Road: slide at mile marker 3.5 one lane only (Repairs planned for this morning.)
  • Shively Flat overall: (Still some flooding)
  • Showers Pass Road: 4WD only
  • Sole Street-flooded
  • Turner Road – McKinleyville – slide – should reopen by 6:00 P.M.
  • Waddington – closed
  • Wilder Ridge-Open


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