[UPDATE 3:17 p.m.] Road and Weather Conditions: We’ll Keep This Updated With the Latest Info Today

Berry Summit on Hwy 299

Snowy weather rolled over northern California yesterday and began dumping snow.

Roadways are being impacted. Hwy 36 and Hwy 3 require chains.

California Highway Patrol incident page reports that there is 1.5 inches of snow on Hwy 101 north of Fort Dick (north of Crescent City.)

Hwy 101 north of Ridgewood Summit looking north (Five 

The Caltrans traffic Cam on Hwy 101 five miles south of Willits shows only one lane clear in each direction.

Hwy 199 Near the Oregon Border

The Caltrans Traffic Cam on Hwy 199 near border shows snow mostly covering the road.

Power is out in the Hoopa area to 149 residents. Estimated restoration is 1 p.m. but the cause is not yet known.

UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: Semi having trouble on slick roads is blocking Hwy 101 near the Mill Creek Campground south of Crescent City. Traffic is backing up.

UPDATE 10:07 a.m.: Seven vehicles reportedly stuck in the snow on Hwy 101 near the north entrance to the Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy south of Klamath, according to the CHP Incident page. Caltrans is on the way with snow plow and sand.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Redwood Parks tweeted that all visitor centers will be closed today.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: “We’re telling people not to leave Shelter Cove,” reports Cheryl Antony from Shelter Cove Fire Department. “The roads are extremely slippery.” Also power is out and the town is running on generator.

UPDATE 11:49 a.m.: One lightning bolt off southwest of Whitethorn off the coast. You can see estimated lightning areas at Real Time Lightning.

UPDATE 12:07 p.m.: Snow at Redway Beachbeside the Eel River.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.:
Hwy 101 Between Orick and Klamath has several reports of accidents caused by snow.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: Trinity County Department of Transportation reports that the emergency bus service tomorrow between Redding and Fortuna has been cancelled.


UPDATE 12:43 p.m.: Snow is choking county roads across Humboldt. Alderpoint Road about 2 1/2 miles up from Garberville is getting covered. It looks like there may be chains required there soon.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: One for the history books…(Not that it hasn’t happened before but it is fairly rare.) It was sleeting at the Lighthouse at Shelter Cove right above the ocean, according to Laura Lasseter who sent us the following photo.

Snow Shelter Cove Road Sign By Laura Lassiter

Snow falls as the road drops down to Shelter Cove. [Photo by Laura Lasseter]

 UPDATE 1 p.m.: Hwy 96 has chains required.

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: Here’s the latest from Humboldt County Roads:

No County maintained roads are currently closed due to snow.

The following roads are not plowed and chairs chains are required:

Bair Road

Titlow Hill Road

Three Creeks Road

Road plowed, chains are required:

Snow Camp Road

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

Alderpoint Road

Brannon Mountain Road

Briceland-Thorne Road

Kneeland Road

Mattole Road

Tim Mullen Road

Wilder Ridge Road

Snow may continue to fall at lower than usual elevations. County Road Crews will be continuing to plow today and tomorrow. Please use caution and pay attention to signage on chain advisories and requirements.UPDATE: Maple Creek Road at slide- 1 lane traffic open.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: Request for a snowplow on Lord Ellis on Hwy 299. “We’ve got whiteout conditions,” is the report to dispatch.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: Over 2700 customers are without power from Hoopa to Garberville in this cold weather.



  • Chains people, chains. Put them on before you get stuck!

  • amimissingsomething

    As of 10:22 it is snowing in Hydesville. Beautiful way to start a New Year

  • JustWantToHearTheEndoftheStory

    Snowed overnight on Murray and 101, I wondered why the rain sounded funny! It’s melted on the street, but our side yards have a good dusting of white. Glad I don’t have to drive in it, I’m an experienced snow driver, but I’m not the only one on the road.

  • Nice 2″ dusting at 1500′ in Piercy. Good day to stay off the roads. Snowing right now.

  • At our house in Benbow about 10 AM

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    • Hello,
      I will be traveling to Humboldt county from Fort Bragg, is there chains required.

  • We are on South Fork Mtn, 1700ft below the pass on hwy 36 and have 10 inches piled up. I would check CalTrans to see if it is plowed if you are going that way.

  • Is Fort Dick the 1st military installation to be named after the pres. elect?

  • Ah Roy thank you, thats the best, made me laugh out loud 🙂

  • Carry chains. Drive slower than you want to go. Be very careful after dark as the temps are going to be below freezing. Ice is worse than snow.
    Photo on Fruitland Ridge at 11 am on 1/2/17.

  • Snowing pretty heavy in Benbow at 1:30

  • all that perdy white dangerous stuff and not a drop at my place in clearlake ( YET )
    take care and safe travels

  • Just got the ATV stuck in 18 inches of fresh powder at 3500ft on South Fork Mtn. Forecast was a bit off.

  • Snow everywhere in Alderpoint (elevation about 450 feet). Can’t see the Alderpoint road well, but there does not appear to be snow on the Eel River Bridge. There certainly is on our driveway, however. The temperature is about 36 degrees, and the snow is melting but each new snow shower seems to add to the total on the ground. The forecast, which had been for a hard freeze has moderated quite a bit and it is not expected to freeze at all in Alderpoint itself this week. Nor will it get very warm. Showers till Tuesday night rain, and Wednesday rain likely, so I would expect the Alderpoint road to be risky, especially at night. Good week to stay home, which is what I hope to do.

  • Trying to find current info for the active slide on Maple Creek Road just east of Blue Lake. Anyone know?

  • Just stay home.bless you all

  • just got back from 101 north, crescent city and back to mckinleyville. Road is clear of snow and 2WDable. But will certainly freeze to nite.

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