[UPDATE 4:23 p.m.] Highways and Byways: Snow Continues to Fall Impacting Travel

Snowplow on Berry Summit

[Photo from Caltrans traffic cam on Berry Summit at 6:46 a.m.]

Snow continues to impact roads in mountainous areas throughout the Emerald Counties. Hail showers could impact travel at lower elevations. According to the National Weather Service,

Snow levels have dropped to around 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Most of the snow accumulation will be above 1,500 feet, but some areas may see a dusting to an inch at lower elevations this morning. Several additional rounds of precipitation are expected today through Saturday. The first one will move through this morning into the early afternoon. Additional rounds are expected tonight through Saturday evening. A winter storm warning remains in effect through Saturday morning. For additional details visit www.weather.gov/eka.

Below is what we currently know about the roads. We will update new information in green. Please consider not traveling if possible.

Major Highways:

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

  • Hwy 1: Open
  • Hwy 3: Chains required on and off from Hwy 36 to 8 miles south of Douglas City. Closed at Scott Mountain. (See Quickmap for more information)
  • Hwy 20: Open-some reports of snow. (4:19 p.m.)
  • Hwy 36:  Caltrans reports, “Chain controls still in effect this am on Hwy 36, mp 22 – 41, Humboldt Co. Also, Chains required from east of Van Duzen Road to Knob.(See Quickmap for more information)
  • Hwy 96: Open
  • Hwy 101: Open.
    • Significant Snowfall from Piercy to Bell Springs Road 2:25 p.m.
Snowfall north of Laytonville March 2, 2018

Photo provided by a reader

See more information here.

  • HWY 162: Open
  • Hwy 169: Open


  • Hwy 199: Open but snowy. (See Caltrans Traffic Cam). Collier’s rest area is closed.
    snow on 199 3/1/18

    This image is from last night. There was none available this morning.


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

Humboldt County Roads:

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

The following roads are opened with conditions: According to Humboldt County Public Works, “All roads: carry chains. Snow tires okay.” Here is more specific information

  • Alderpoint Road- Chains mandatory from mile marker 0 to 16.
  • Bald Hills Rd 4 inches new snow. Rd open with chains required.
  • Barrys Rd road open, chains Required.
  • Bair Rd 4 closed between Stover Road intersection to Hoopa Valley–299 to Stover open, carry chains (2:50 p.m.)
  • Berta Road open – flooded
  • Briceland Road–snowing west of the Briceland. Two inches on the Road by the Junction.
  • Chezem Rd- open, carry chains. (2:50 p.m.)
  • Coffee Creek Road closed at post mile 1
  • Horse Mountain Road (aka Titlow Hill Road) – chains required on all vehicles
  • Kneeland rd.-Travel not advised, no two-wheel drive vehicles, high winds, clear to tower(2:50 p.m.)
  • Mattole/Bull Creek Road–Closed. Power lines down. (4:19 p.m.)
  • Meridian Road closed at post mile 0.75
  • McCann Road – Ferry is running
  • Shelter Cove Road–“Multiple vehicles stuck in the snow. One of them is a Renner truck.” (1:47 p.m.) See more by clicking here.
  • Three Creeks–1 ft. fresh snow, road is open carry chains. (2:50 p.m.)
  • Titlow Hill Snow Report: 14′ fresh snow, open to the towers, everyone carry chains (4:19 p.m.)


  • Kym, high school rodeo families driving this weekend from Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma county to Ferndale -do you have any info on that stretch?

  • Thanks for the consolidatd report 👍

  • Where’s the snow? I’m well over 1500 feet and we got less than a quarter inch. sure hope there’s more coming down in higher elevations we definitely need it.

  • already over 3 feet of snow on south fork mtn..mad river area. glad i have a months worth of food n the pantry.

  • Is Orr Springs Road thru Comptche to the coast open?

    • I came through around 3pm, they were plowing the road and it was starting to have heavy snowfall again. It’ll be nasty tonight when the slush on the road freezes.

  • SNOW DAYS EXPLAINED for Covelo residents
    There’s some confusion concerning what is, and what is not, a snow day. What follows is a helpful guide to assist you in navigating this complex issue. First, when you see the ground covered in what you think is snow, you are mistaken. This is virtual snow. This is why today, the 2nd of March, is a VSD (virtual snow day) and is labeled a “late start” or “early finish”. A VSD is also characterized by slides on 162 and icy conditions on north exposures along Covelo road. Snow days are easily identified by the absence of snow. Not a flake west of Anthony Peak can be present and the roads must be bone-dry. Additionally, beach weather must be balmy and warm where school employees can escape the horrors these conditions create. To assess when snow days will occur simply look for the days that preceed or follow a scheduled extended break. I hope this is helpful.

  • Lots of snow on the top of Mattole road .1:45 , 12 inches..

  • The Hermit of Grizzly Mountain

    Nice day to take the McCann Ferry & back.

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