[UPDATE 5:53 p.m.] Snow and Sun for Thursday’s Roads and Weather Report

Truck slid off road snow

A pest control employee contemplates the company’s vehicle in a ditch on Alderpoint Road. [Photo by Ed Denson]

The green hills of the Emerald Triangle are sprinkled with a light dusting of snow today but the rest of the day should be sunny. Tomorrow, however, there could be five to nine inches of snow down to about 1500 feet.

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.

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.”

  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open to one way traffic. Expect some short delays. (Note: Hwy 16 is blocked)
  • Hwy 36:  Starting three miles west of Mad River, Caltrans warns

    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.”
    • Slide closed road at mile marker 42 north of Orleans. (Might clear later today.)
    • 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:
    • 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. According to Humboldt County Public Works, “At higher elevations,…[c]arry chains.”

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.”


  • The weather is so screwed up in the world .my best friend lives in Wisconsin he played golf yesterday .he has lived there his whole life ,and has never seen this phenomenon ever in his life .he is 57 yrs old .

    • Its called climate change. Tell it to bolivia, theyre out if water as theur glaciers are gone. Gone.
      You cant ruin the ozone and raise ocean water temperatures and think there will be no consequence. Its been warmer in the antartctic than here. Sunny and 60° in new york city.
      Just wait for whats to come in the next 5 winters. This one will be remembered as mild comparatively. No joke. Even if we cut all emissions right now it’d take at least 5 years to come back close to center. Not propaganda or scare tactics, just reality. There are many many great easy to follow models online of how climate change is playing out. Its pretty simple science. I read a great one back in 1997. Too bad no one listened then.

    • Why is the weather “screwed” up? Wow 57 years is sooooo much experience in observing the weather, he must know everything and anything about the weather. I bet every meteorologists in the world consults this guy on weather advice (and no that person on TV standing in front of a green screen is NOT a meteorologists) Keep in mind the earth is 4+ billion years old.
      Why are humans so convinced weather is supposed to be the same day after day, year after year? The weather is dynamic it is part of the dynamic earth. It changes, it is not stagnant.
      So now you got a bunch of misinformed people going “OH NOES! The climate is changing, you have to do something about it!” So humans engineer and build new machines further compounding the problem to try and “fix” something that can not be fixed because it can not ever be broken. Unless we engineer some machine that taps into our fragile thin magnetosphere and turn it off or glitch it and bye-bye atmosphere (oh oops they built HAARP). Your underground bunkers won’t even help if that happens.

  • That dude in the picture is lucky his truck didnt go on the other side of that road…yikes!

    • Also lucky it isn’t on it’s side with all the chemicals draining out. Had to have been going a little too fast for the road.

      • I came by this wreck, maybe 1/2 hr after, i thought wow how did he pull that one. I am 35 yr local. but really the road wasn’t bad, must have been going way to fast….

  • If the road looks bad,don’t drive it!! Don’t chance your life or someone else’s. Tomorrow comes quick enough!! Take care😎

  • I have never had any problems driving these roads in the 40+ years I have been here other than some idiots who dont know how to drive in the weather, if you can’t drive stay home. I still don’t know how this guy managed to get where he was on that corner

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