[12:15 a.m] Snow on Hwy 36, 96, 101, 299; Sunday’s Roads and Weather

The National Weather Service is predicting snow showers today down to 1000 feet these could last until around 10 a.m. Monday. Some areas lower than that have already reported a smattering of snow. TEven towns as low as Garberville could see snow.

The roads already battered by earlier storms are likely to be difficult to travel today. Snow and hail are possible. Here is what we know about the roads at this point. As more information comes in, we’ll update in blue.


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: Chains required in several areas. See Quick Map above for more details.
  • Hwy 20: Open (Note: Hwy 16 is blocked)
  • Hwy 36: Chains required except for 4 wheel drive beginning three miles west of Mad River (Zenia Road) continuing east past Knob in many areas.
  • Hwy 96: Reports of snow on Hwy 96
    • Multiple slides
    • Slide near Weitchpec particularly ugly. Road may close tonight.
    • 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.”
    • “State Route 96 reduced to one lane with traffic control 2 miles east of Scott River Road (Siskiyou County) due to a slipout. Motorists should expect delays,” according to Caltrans.
    • Road Closure poster

      [Graphic from Caltrans]

      Caltrans posted, “Caltrans will begin performing emergency slope stabilization approximately one mile south of Weitchpec on Route 96 in Humboldt County on Monday, March 6. Full highway closures will be in effect intermittently from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 30-minute delays.”

  • Hwy 101: 
    • Snow covering areas from Leggett to Willits.
    • There can be minor traffic delays on 101 north of Myers Flat.
    • Occasional areas of hail causing numerous accidents.
  • Hwy 169: Open (One lane blocked.)

    Hwy 199

  • Hwy 199: Winter weather conditions. Carry chains.


  • 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
    Hwy 299:

    • Berry Summit covered in snow as of 7 a.m.

      Hwy 299 at Berry Summit.

    • The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel. Caltrans posted, “[On Sunday,]the road will be ***open*** to all travelers starting at 5:30 a.m. and continuing all day until next morning (Monday) at 7:30 a.m. with one-way traffic control and up to 30 minutes delays. Before and after the Sunday opening, the schedule continues as same as before”:

      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 (carry chains)
  • 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
  • China Creek missing a chunk but still passable.
  • Coffee Creek Road 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 Road expect delays. (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
  • Titlow Hill Road carry chains
  • 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.


  • Its all hail at my place.

  • Old Man Winter ain’t done with us. Photo from 1780′ elevation near Ettersburg around 7:30 this morning. Still coming down as fine snow, but the air temp is barely 32°.

    • Dang, what happened to spring? Usually by now I have had wildflowers for a couple of weeks. I haven’t seen a wildflower yet.

      • Michelle Steele

        Kim Kemp we have daffodils here in McKinleyville but with this crazy weather I don’t know if they will survive unless there covered up which they are.

        • We have 100s of Speckled Adder’s-tongue blooming here along the Mattole. Irises abound, but none in bloom yet (wild and domestic). Our cherry tree is trying to bloom and I’ve seen daffodils blooming on the way to town. Surely spring is just around the corner!

          Be careful driving today everyone.

        • We’ve got daffodils (YAY!) and plum trees blooming but no wildflowers.

        • Our daffodils have made it through inches of snow, theyre tough 🙂 Have seen many things starting to bloom, i tend to think of spring wildflowers coming on after the equinox. I remember a light snow in garberville in april around 15 years ago. Our last frost date is may 1st, ya?

          • That was actually a pretty heavy snow fall that year, was also on Easter, if I’m remembering right it was 2 feet of snow just in town

      • Indian Chiefs, I think they’re called, and a single Douglas Iris were blooming on the bank of the river near the bridge over the Mainstem Eel in Alderpoint yesterday. Another flower which I think is related to geranium is blooming all over. And plums and snow.

  • SNOW on the ground AT THE BEACH at the Oregon State Line (and north into Curry County AND south into Smith River-Del Norte); at 8:30 am snow is still falling.

  • Snow in Weott! We are definitely lower than 1000 ft.

  • Snowing in alderpoint.

  • I keep seeing your reports, Kym, of (possible) delays north of Weott. Didn’t see anything yesterday that looked like a possible delay north. You sure you don’t mean the lane closure and work on 101 SOUTH of Weott?

  • Still snowing in downtown Weaverville. Has been on and off all day. Starting to come down REALLY good right now again. It’s a real dry snow so sticking pretty good! I’m loving it. Not ready for winter to be done yet!

  • Hasn’t got here yet? We might get a dusting here in The Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina on the Eastern Continental Divide, zip code 28749, elevation 3,405 above sea level.

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