[UPDATE 3:15 p.m.] Road and Weather for Sunday (Rain and Wind Coming)

Weather imagesExpect showers today but rains are on the way tonight dropping two to four inches between tonight and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service warns that strong winds are expected “along the coast and over the higher elevations of the Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino counties.” After Midnight the wind is expected to increase. The Weather Services says, “Gusts up to 50 mph will be possible on highway 299 over Berry Summit.”

Expect the roads to continue to deteriorate with onslaught of a new storm. Below 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.

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.)
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • HWY 20: According to Caltrans, “If traveling on Hwy 20 …. today & tomorrow expect 3 hour delays due to flood damaged roadway repair work.”
  • 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.”
      Crack destroying Hwy 96

      Currently the road is passable but it is still sinking, according to CHP Incident Page. [Photo provided by Judy Waddell]

  • Hwy 101: Open (Traffic delays of about 20 minutes 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
  • HWY 299: Mostly clear. However, the large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.
    UPDATE Sunday 12:17 p.m. from Caltrans: “SR 299 OPEN local traffic only 4:30-6:30pm and 6:30pm to 5:30 am with 1 hr delays. Monday 5:30-7:30 am. Subject to change at any time.”

Humboldt County Roads:

Here’s what we know. As we learn details, we will add the information below.

    • Alderpoint Road one lane at PM 30.33 and PM 34.79 and around mile marker 18.25.
    • Benbow Drive Close
    • Briceland Thorn Rd PM 3.27 – one way traffic with bridge and signal
    • Cannibal Island Road-Closed from Cock Robin to Crab Park
    • China Creek missing a chunk but still passable.
    • Coffee Creek Rd. Closed
    • 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
    • Fullmore Road closed
    • Hidden Court closed
    • Howard Heights Road flooded
    • 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.  Subject to closure at any time.
    • Mattole Rd One-way control at mm 5.0
    • Meridian between Port Kenyon and Centerville Closed
    • Mosswood Lane closed
    • 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 Rd at Eel Rock Rd. Closed- Slide/Slipout
    • Old Arcata Road/ Jacoby Creek Road closed due to flooding. (See here for more information.)
    • Port Kenyon closed
    • Salmon Creek Road closed at 0.56mm detour 101 or Maple Hills Road
    • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at 3.56mm, 7.00mm
    • Stagecoach Rd. – PM 1.00 Closed
    • Wilder Ridge Road closed at Landergen Road indefinitely no alternate route.

  Trinity County Roads:

  • “Zenia Bluffs Road between Alder Point and Zenia is CLOSED due to slide,” According to Trinity County Department of Transportation. “Estimated time of reopening is greater than a week. Use Peak Road.”


  • Thank you for these updates. They are very helpful when planning travel routes.

    I traveled from Sacramento to Fortuna yesterday. I took I80 west to SR 37 west to Lakeville Rd North to Petaluma. Then 101 North.

    This took about 1hr longer than using I-5 North to SR 20 West. But both SR 20 & 16 were closed yesterday, due to slides.

  • Holy cow ya’ll are getting hammered

  • The misadventures of bunjee

    I’m just waiting for Last Chance Grade to become No Chance Grade.

  • Thank you! We need to get down the 101 to petaluma, starting late tomorrow night. We trust our friends and neighbors about road conditions wayyyyy more than the weather service. Love Humboldt, and you, Kym, and these posts from other readers xxoo

    • I live in Redwood Valley (between Willits and Ukiah). The road between here and Petaluma has been OK so far. Spots to check on are going thru Hopland in case Feliz Creek floods like it did the last big rain year (this is several years ago) and the stretch between Hopland and Cloverdale in case of slides. The Pieta Creek area (by the Rock Shop) was flooded but well below the level of the road. I know from this page that there was a slide north of Willits somewhere but that was a week ago and is no doubt cleared.

  • Please drive careful. The roads are getting worse. And what looks like just water may have a huge hole you can’t see. And lots of pavement that have broken up. We got hit with some of that loose asphalt Yikes

  • Thank you for keeping us all informed. I have alway appreciated your hard work and dedication to posting factual information.

  • We really appreciate the road updates.

    The 96 between Orleans and Happy Camps has a lot of heaves and cracks and reminds of the ice heaves from when we lived in Fairbanks Alaska.

    The elk herd has been see on the side of the highway past Somes Bar.

    Still far too many bigger trucks driving far too fast for road conditions.

    We just slow down after they haul rear past us on blind curves hoping we don’t soon come upon them crashed.

    No cell phone reception out here.

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