The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of winter storms to move through Northern California, beginning today (Friday) and lasting through late next week. Following a smaller system with some rain and snow today, stronger winter storm systems are currently forecast for Sunday through Monday (Jan. 24-25) and again from next Tuesday through Thursday (Jan. 26-28). There is a potential for significant snow in higher elevations during these stronger storm systems, along with the possibility of snow at lower elevations as well. Motorists should check weather and road conditions prior to travel during this time period.
Motorists who must travel into higher elevations are advised to carry chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, expect delays and possible closures, and follow instructions of Caltrans personnel and law enforcement. Truck and/or vehicle screening may go into effect for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately 10 miles north of Redding, prior to or during storm systems. Motorists traveling in the valley should be aware of the possibility of low-level snow as well.
For more information, contact the District 2 Public Information Office during business hours at 530-225-3426.
24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap (also available by free app for smartphones) or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on its Twitter and Facebook pages for traffic updates.