UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: Snow Falling in Mountain Areas: Here’s What’s Up With Roads

Snow in Willow Creek this morning.

Snow in Willow Creek this morning. [Photo provided by Caltrans]

Snow is falling across the Emerald Counties and it is impacting roads. Here’s what we know so far.  According to Caltrans, “Snow is also falling and beginning to stick on 299 as low as Blue Lake, so please drive with extra caution throughout Humboldt County right now.”

Here’s what we know so far. We’ll update as more information comes in. [New information is marked in green.]

Major Highways:

(Most information below from Caltrans’ Quick Map. If you are heading to Oregon, check their similar site.)

  • Hwy 1: Open
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open but icy in spots. One accident near Redwood Valley at 7 a.m.
  • Hwy 36: Snowy consider carrying chains. Chains required from Van Duzen Road to Forest Glen. (See Quickmap for more information)
  • Hwy 96: Open
  • Hwy 101: 
    • Snow falling in Garberville area
    • Slippery between Klamath and Crescent City
  • HWY 162: Open
  • Hwy 169: Open


  • Hwy 199: Open but snowy. (See Caltrans Traffic Cam)us199southoforegonstatelinelookingeast


  • Hwy 211: Open (Check out the Fernbridge live cam)
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Open
  • Hwy 255: Open
  • Hwy 271: Open
  • Hwy 299:

Humboldt County Roads:

Here is what we know now. As we learn more, we will add the information below.

Closed Roads:

  • Bair Road
  • Meridian Road @ m.p. 0.75


The following roads are opened with conditions:

Horse Mountain Road (aka Titlow Hill Road) – chains required on all vehicles

  • Alderpoint Road – snow tires okay; 4-wheel drive vehicles okay; carry chains
  • Bald Hills Road – chains required
  • Butler Valley Road – chains required
  • Fickle Hill Road – chains required
  • Kneeland Road – chains required
  • Mattole Road – chains required
  • Shelter Cove Road – snow tires okay; 4-wheel drive vehicles okay; carry chains





  • There is snow all the way down to the river at AP at 9 am. Be careful if you have to get out on the roads today.

    • What do you mean ap? Sorry just curious it was snow/rain for McKinleyville

      • AP= Alderpoint. Still snowing at 9:35 a.m. and temperature is about 30 degrees, so it is sticking. Can’t see the road but I wouldn’t start out to drive to GV (=Garberville) without 4 wheel drive and/ or chains because the high point of the road, on the shoulder of Pratt Mountain is about 2000′ higher than AP.

  • Snow west of 101 along the river.
    I think I’m going back to bed.

  • Snow/Rain for McKinleyville

  • Its heavy snowing 5000 block Greenwood heights road at 930am. At least an inch on the ground!

  • It’s still snowing here in Swain’s Flat part of Bridgeville at 1,000 ft Had to go out & sweep out my satellite dish so I could get on the net!!! 20 degrees according to Arthur on my back porch!!! (Arthur = Our Thermometer) Little humor there, sadly VERY little!!!

  • Snowing pretty good in Northern Mendo at 2500’

  • Snowing in Weitchpec at 180′

  • Slippery out past Burnt Ranch. Just check out this parking job, at the Burnt Ranch Dump Road. No known injuries.

  • trying to post photo

  • Keep your faucets dripping! Frozen busted water pipes are the worst!!
    Stay home if you can today, the snow&hail starts melting a bit then the low temps freeze the top&bottom of the snow, worst driving conditions besides fog, to me at least.

    Build a snowperson or some anime character like they did in Tokyo this year and enjoy a family snowball game. If its cold enough where you are try the ice bubbles outside, many videos online.

    A great reminder to be so very grateful for shelter, a wood stove and a stack of dry wood.

  • More snow here at the top of Fickle Hill again today on top of what had not melted off from the last storm. It was really coming down at 12 noon!

    It is a good day to be inside next to the wood stove while watching the evil white stuff fall from the sky!

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