REDDING – The National Weather Service is forecasting a strong winter storm to move through Northern California this week.
Heavy rain, significant mountain snow, and gusty winds are expected betweenWednesday and Friday. Snow levels are expected to be near 4,000 – 6,000 feet Wednesday morning, falling to 1,500 – 3,000 feet on Thursday and Friday. Motorists traveling into the higher elevations are advised to travel with chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, and expect delays.
Depending on the intensity of the system, vehicle screening may take place at Fawndale Road, approximately ten miles north of Redding, for Northbound Interstate 5 travelers. Caltrans Maintenance crews will be staffed for vehicle screening, and will implement as necessary. With limited space at chain-on stations north of Redding, this screening helps prevent a high influx of traffic reaching those areas that are then unable to chain. Screening also assists in controlling traffic volume along the Interstate during inclement weather.
The terrain along Interstate 5 between Redding and the Oregon border varies between lower and higher elevations. Motorists traveling in lower areas may experience rain or little precipitation, only to encounter snow when climbing into higher areas, and may be required to install chains prior to encountering snow areas.
Winter weather driving information can be viewed at the District 2 Winter Maintenance and Operations webpage:
Information on chain requirements can be viewed here: