Winter weather creates dangerous road conditions in Shasta County

With winter weather impacting the North State for the next couple of days, CHP officials warn motorists to slow down.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 7:22 PM

With winter weather impacting the North State for the next couple of days, CHP officials are
reminding motorists to slow down on the road.

A mixture of rain and snow on Interstate 5 north of Redding made for dangerous driving
conditions in the canyon.

Two vehicle collisions were reported near Lakehead just before noon.

And another vehicle rolled over on northbound I5 near the O'Brien road exit not long after.

CHP public information officer Jason Morton says most solo accidents like these are usually a
result of motorists driving too fast.

“They hydroplane,” Morton said. “Most people don't know that hydroplaning starts at above 30
miles per hour. You can hydroplane at 65 miles per hour in only 1/16 inch of water on the
roadway. That's all it takes. Then most of the time, most people's tires are very bald. They're not
paying attention. The tire pressure is not adequate for what they're driving on.”

South of Redding, in Anderson, there wasn't any snow.

But heavy rain did play a part in at least one incident that caused a vehicle to fall into a ditch
right off of southbound I5.

In Redding, fire chief Gerry Gray said firefighters had their hands full with calls of traffic
collisions on top of their daily calls today.

And similar conditions are expected through Saturday.

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