[UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: It Could Spread to Roadways Near You] “It’s Hailing in Eureka Tonight!”
A reader, Polly Kinsinger, sent this in saying, “It’s hailing in Eureka tonight!” At least three vehicles spun out on Hwy 101 around the Humboldt Hill exit though the chatter on the scanner said this was due to standing water photos from the scene show hail on the roadway. (See more here.)UPDATE 9:21 p.m.: According a tweet by the National Weather Service in Eureka,
Small hail can quickly collect on the road resulting in very slick conditions. If you find yourself driving on a hail covered road, remember to slow down by easing off the gas pedal. Do NOT slam on the brakes & try to avoid overcorrecting as you could lose control of your vehicle
UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: According to Kinsinger, “The hail and the water have frozen together to make a sheet of ice.”
UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: The hail could impact roads all over the North Coast, according to the National Weather Service and shared by Caltrans.
“This is an urgent safety message for motorists from your National Weather Service in Eureka. Small hail is expected in Del_Norte and Humboldt counties including highways 101, 199, 299, and 36. Multiple reports of small hail on roadways in the vicinity of Eureka this evening. Small hail is possible through the night and into tomorrow morning. Small hail can quickly accumulate on roadways resulting in very slippery conditions. Motorists should slow down and make sure their headlights are on. If driving on a hail covered road, go easy on the brakes and steering wheel to avoid a spin out. Instead, ease off the gas pedal to slow down gradually.”