What You Need to Know: Jan. 17

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Jan. 17, 2019.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 9:06 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 9:23 AM

Wind Advisory in Effect for Major Highways in Siskiyou County

A wind advisory is in effect for some major highways in Siskiyou County. Caltrans says big rigs and other high-profile vehicles should avoid northbound I-5 from Weed to Yreka and northbound Highway 97 from Weed to the Oregon border. Highway 299 is also impacted. Roads three miles east from the Trinity County line at Buckhorn are experiencing flooding.

Highway 99 Flooding

Highway 99 just north of Chico and Wilson Landing Road is flooded with several inches of water. CHP officers are on scene to manage traffic.

Tehama County Flooding

There is some flooding in Tehama County at the intersection of Rawson Road and Flores Avenue near Gerber. You can also expect flooding in Vina on Rowles Road and South Avenue. Icy roads in Yreka are also causing hazards.

Blizzard Warning in Effect for Sierra Areas

A rare blizzard warning in the Sierra remains in effect. Conditions worsened overnight. Caltrans says snow falling on I-80 at Donner Summit is expected to become heavier and travel is not advised. Right now, chains are required from Kingvale to Truckee.

Siskiyou County Man Behind Bars for Attempted Murder

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says 79-year-old Donald Hannan is behind bars for attempted murder. Deputies say he shot a woman early Wednesday morning on Michele Drive. The victim is expected to be OK. 

Woman Faces Possible 12-Year Sentence for Deadly Hit-and-Run

A woman faces more than 12 years behind bars for a deadly hit-and-run in Anderson. Leslie Freiberg pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. Police say she hit and killed James Shryock with her car in July of last year.

Partial Government Shutdown Takes Toll on Wildfire Preparations

The government shutdown is now taking a toll on California wildfire preparations. Firefighting officials are having to cancel training courses from Tennessee to Oregon. Piles of dead trees are left untended in federal forests and controlled burns are not happening. Wildfire managers say the winter months are critical in preparing for the next fire season. 

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Camp Fire Burn Scar Areas

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Camp Fire burn area for Thursday until 4 p.m. 

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This afternoon showers move into the area and stick with us through Saturday. Dense fog and sunny skies Saturday-Monday with a return to rain chances by next Tuesday.
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