[UPDATE 3:28 p.m.] Friday’s Road and Weather: Snow Predicted on Mountain Passes

Snow on trees

Snow on Alderpoint Road two days ago. [Photo provided by a reader]

Starting this afternoon, the National Weather Service warns of snow above 1500 feet. If you are driving on mountain passes be prepared. According to the Weather Service, these highways are likely to be effected–Hwy 36 beginning a little east of Bridgeville, Hwy 96, Hwy 101 at Rattlesnake Creek north of Laytonville, Hwy 199 and Hwy 299.

Here is what we know about specific problems on roads frequented by Emerald County Residents at this point. As more information comes in, we’ll update in blue.

slide on a mountain river below

From the top of the Hwy 1 slide. [Photo by Steven Braham]

Major Highways:

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

  • Hwy 1: Closed in both direction just west of Leggett. (See here for more info.) No estimated time of reopening as of February 24.
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open to one way traffic. Expect some short delays. (Note: Hwy 16 is blocked)
  • Hwy 36:  Open
  • Hwy 96:
    • According to Caltrans, “SR 96 is reduced to one lane with traffic control at Cade Mountain (Siskiyou CO) due to a slip-out. Motorists should expect delay. Conditions subject to change.”
    • Hwy 96 in “Siskiyou County is under one way traffic control due to mud and debris slide,” according to Caltrans.
  • Hwy 101: 
    • Traffic delays on 101 north of Weott.
  • Hwy 169: Open (One lane blocked.)
  • Hwy 199: Open
  • Hwy 211: Open (Check out the Fernbridge live cam)
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants):
    • Closed from Holmes Flat to Barkdull Road.
  • Hwy 255: Open
  • Hwy 271: Open
  • berry summit with snow

    Berry Summit

    Hwy 299:

    • Berry Summit is clear of snow.
    • The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel. Caltrans tweeted, “As of Friday, Feb 24: SR 299 is open at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm; scheduled for the 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm but check later as it is weather dependent.” Normal Schedule below.

      Daily schedule (weekdays and weekends) as follows:
      Morning: 5:30 am to 7:30 am
      Single Opening: 10:00 am
      Single Opening: 12:00 noon
      Single Opening: 02:00 pm
      Afternoon: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
      Overnight: 6:30 pm to 5:30 am with 1-hour delays.

Humboldt County Roads:

Here’s what we know. As we learn details, we will add the information below. According to Humboldt County Public Works, “Driving on county roads during stormy periods, DRIVE SLOWLY and CAUTIOUSLY due to landslides, road failures and deep potholes. When in higher elevations, CARRY CHAINS.”

  • Alderpoint Road 1 way controlled traffic at PM 10.68, PM
    17.70, PM 26.00, PM 30.33 and PM 34.79
  • Bair Road 1 lane at PM 0.72 and PM 1.30
  • Benbow Drive Closed
  • Blue Slide Road 1 lane at PM 1.75 and 3.25
  • Briceland Thorn Rd PM 3.27 – one way traffic with bridge and signal
  • Butler Valley Road 1 lane at PM 3.71
  • Cannibal Island Road-Closed from Cock Robin to Crab Park
  • China Creek missing a chunk but still passable.
  • Coffee Creek Rd. Closed
  • Davison Road “closed and thus no car access to Gold Bluffs Beach or Fern Canyon,” reports Redwood National Park.
  • Dyerville Loop Road 1 lane at PM 2.00
  • East Branch Road in Benbow one way controlled traffic at 2.7 mm.
  • Eel River Drive closed at mile marker 1.
  • Eel Rock Rd. – 1 Lane controlled traffic at PM 2.7
  • Fort Seward Road 1 lane at PM 3.90
  • Fullmore Road closed
  • Hidden Court closed
  • Howard Heights Road flooded
  • Howland Hill Rd closed (See here fr more information.)
  • Jack Shaw Road closed at PM 1.3
  • Kings Peak Road closed at mile marker 7
  • Landergen Road closed
  • Lower Cappell Rd. at PM 1.49 open but road is soft and motorist must proceed with caution.
  • Mattole Rd one-way control at various locations
  • Meridian between Port Kenyon and Centerville Closed
  • Mosswood Lane closed
  • Needle Rock Road closed due to slide (See more here.)
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway closed after large falling tree put a hole in the road. No estimated time of reopening. (See here for more information.)
  • Nunnemaker Road at Eel Rock Road is closed
  • Port Kenyon closed
  • Red Cap Road slipout at PM 2.30 road is open proceed with caution
  • Salmon Creek Road closed at 0.56mm detour 101 or Maple Hills Road
  • Shelter Cove Road 1 lane at PM 7.60
  • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at PM 0.50, PM 3.56, PM 7.00 and PM 11.50
  • Stagecoach Rd. – PM 1.00 Closed
  • Stover Road slide at PM 0.72 proceed with caution
  • Telegraph Creek Road 1 lane at PM 1.90
  • Wilder Ridge Road closed at Landergen Road indefinitely no alternate route.

  Trinity County Roads:

  • “Trinity Alps Road past Trinity Alps Resort accessing Stuarts Fork Trailhead has washed out. Road is CLOSED indefinitely,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation.
  • “Zenia Bluffs Road between Alder Point and Zenia is CLOSED due to slide,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation. “Estimated time of reopening is greater than a week. Use Peak Road


  • Don’t forget to check the BLACK BELT for road conditions before you leave the house thanks Kym you do such a great job for the community…. Awesome waterfall….

  • I really appreciate being able to check road conditions, but one thing is confusing. Some roads are noted with “PM” and others with “mile marker.” What does “PM” mean?

  • Lets remember how lucky we are to have kym and all the other local news sources, its pretty amazing if you add up how many there are!

    Friends visiting here this winter have been amazed at how up to date kyms site is. Theres not much like this in big cities nor in many other rural areas.

    Take the time to support our local news resources be they print, radio or online, or all!!

    Thanks kym, another super rock star woman from so hum ♡ we appreciate you more than you could ever know

  • Kim the road 1 mile south of Weitchpec is down to one lane traffic also.

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