More rain arrives in the North State

Feb 6, 2014 7:44 PM

It's been raining steadily in Shasta County, with more rain forecasted for the weekend, but according to the Bureau of Reclamation, it's not enough.

"Normally this time of year we should be having 30 inches of rain, we've accumulated just barely 6 inches of rain," said Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Sheri Harral.

Even with small amounts of rainfall, Caltrans' traffic management center watches the roads carefully.

"We don't anticipate any road closures at this time. In order for a road closure to evolve, we would have to see significant snow patterns over the North State, estimates of about 6-12 inches of snow in any area," said Caltrans Transportation Engineer Joseph Baltazar.

Caltrans says its important for motorists to always stay up-to-date on the current road conditions.

To help them do that, they've created an online tool called One Stop Shop.

"It gives you all of the roadside traveler info, cameras, changeable message signs, chain conditions, incidents, accidents, weather forecast, route planner, you name it," said Ian Turnbull, who helped develop the program.

The staff at Mt. Shasta Ski Resort is also keeping a close eye on the weather.

The ski resort is closed right now; it's only been open for four days this season.

The staff will evaluate the situation next week to determine if temperatures will allow them to start back up.


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