[UPDATE 5:08 p.m.] So Snow Anyone? Weather and Roads for Wednesday

caltrans worker on a slide

Highway 1 has been closed for weeks near Leggett. This image from yesterday does not look hopeful. [Photo provided by Caltrans]

Today should be colder especially in the mountains. The National Weather Service predicts light snow down to 2000 feet. Expect showers and possibly an occasional thunderstorm.

Tomorrow—snow levels could drop as low as 1000 feet in some areas.

Expect the roads to continue to deteriorate as rains and windy weather persist. 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.)

Our engineer at the site estimates that last night’s slide activity dumped more material onto the roadway than we’ve been able to remove since the slide began in early January.

There is still no estimate as to when the roadway will reopen to traffic.”

Another view of the slide blocking Hwy 1 [Photo provided by Caltrans]

  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: According to a Caltrans spokesperson this morning, the road is NOT Closed as previously reported. It is open to one way traffic. Expect some short delays. (Note: Hwy 16 is blocked)
  • Hwy 36: Chains no longer required. Snow starting at Hwy 3. According to Caltrans,

    Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.

  • 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.”
    • “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.
  • Hwy 101: 
    • Road open but traffic delayed. Crews clearing rocks from slide north of Laytonville. (See here for more info.)
    • (Traffic delays on 101 north of Weott.)

      Hwy 101 reduced to one lane with traffic control north of Weott. [Photo by Lisa Gribi]

  • 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:
    • Snow sticking on Berry Summit. “Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles.”
      snow on country highway traffic cam

      Snow is sticking on Hwy 299 as shown in this image from 11:01 a.m. today. [Image from Caltrans Traffic cam on Berry Summit]

    • The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.
      UPDATE Wednesday afternoon from Caltrans: (See here for more information.)

      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.

  • Alderpoint Road 1 way controlled traffic at 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
  • Bald Hills Road 3″ new snow chains required on 2 wheel drive vehicles
  • 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
  • Bull Creek Road closed as of 9 p.m. Monday with a downed tree about 1/2 mile from 101. We haven’t learned if it is still there or not. (Photo and more info.)
  • Butler Valley Road closed at PM 2.50 due to phone lines in the roadway should be open this evening
  • 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
  • Jack Shaw Road closed at PM 1.3
  • Kings Peak Road closed at mile marker 7
  • Kneeland Road is open to the towers everyone carry chains
  • 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
  • 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
  • Westend Road closed due to phone lines in the roadway should be open this evening
  • 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.”


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