[UPDATE 12:15 p.m.] Chains Required on Some Highways, Rain and Wind Expected Today
Heavy snowfall is anticipated in the mountainous areas of Trinity, Shasta, Siskiyou and the eastern parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. Lighter snowfall is expected in the mountains of eastern Humboldt County. Some highways are already requiring chains (see below.) This could impact travel significantly in mountain areas.
Southern Humboldt County’s interior is also facing challenging weather conditions, with forecasts predicting a mix of rain and snow in the morning, transitioning to rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. The snow level is expected to rise from 2500 feet in the morning to 4000 feet by the afternoon, with snow accumulations of 4 to 5 inches anticipated. Additionally, expect windy conditions.
In Northern Humboldt’s interior, the situation is somewhat similar, with a chance of rain and snow in the morning giving way to rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. The area is also expected to experience windy conditions, with snow levels rising from 2000 feet in the morning to 3500 feet by the afternoon and accumulations of 3 to 4 inches.
Rain or showers should fall throughout the rest of northwestern California.
The National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a Flood Watch for portions of Mendocino and Lake counties from Sunday afternoon through the evening. The watch comes as moderate to heavy rainfall rates are expected to bring the potential for urban and small stream flooding.
Below is the latest on roadways throughout our region. UPDATES at 9:55 a.m. in Green. UPDATES at 12:15 in blue
Major Highways–Here’s What We Know:
- Interstate 5: Open but snowy in some parts. Here’s Motts Road north of Dunsmuir in Siskiyou County.
- Hwy 1: Open normally except Route 1 is OPEN to one-way controlled traffic near Navarro Bluff Road (PM 40.1-40.2)
- Hwy 3: Open with chains required on and off from 7 miles north of Hayfork to 8 miles south of Douglas City.
- Hwy 20: Open but a request for closure by CDF just north of Lucerne due to flooding.
- Hwy 36: Open with chains required on and off from 3 miles east of Mad River to Platina.
- Hwy 96: Open
- Hwy 101: Open
- HWY 162 (Covelo Road): Open
- Hwy 169 (Klamath): Open
- Hwy 199: Open
- Hwy 211: Open
- Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Open
- Hwy 255: Open
- Hwy 271: Open
- Hwy 299: Open with chains required on and off from 11 miles east of Douglas City to 19 miles west of Redding.
Humboldt County Roads: No information at this time.
Trinity County Roads: No information at this time.
Mendocino County Roads: No information at this time.
Tips for Travel: Please note that if you are stuck while traveling in winter weather, that an inexpensive heater can be fashioned from a tin and tea candles. The whole heating device takes up very little space in a glove box.
Consumer Affairs magazine describes how the kit works and why you should use it. They say,
If you’re trapped in your car, running the engine to generate heat is a bad idea for two reasons: one, even starting with a full tank you’ll run out of gas in a few hours, thus leaving you unable to move even when the road eventually clears; and two, if falling or drifting snow or ice blocks your car’s exhaust pipe, you and everyone else in the passenger compartment can quickly die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make heat without running the engine, and you can put together an emergency automotive heating kit for less than $5. You only need four items: a large-ish metal can with a removable lid, a supply of metal-cup “tea light” candles, some matches, and waterproof resealable sandwich or freezer bags to hold the candles and matches inside the metal can.
(See here for a complete description on how to create this kit to carry with you.)