FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARYSVILLE – Another significant storm is expected to arrive in Northern California Friday afternoon, bringing rain to the Valley area and more snow to the mountains.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Motorists traveling through the Sierra region this weekend should account for increased travel time and chain control requirements. NWS is forecasting snow accumulations of 1 to 3 feet above 7,000 feet elevation and a few inches up to 2 feet between 5,500-6,500 feet.
Drivers are reminded to give some space to snow plow operators as they work around the clock to clear highways. Caltrans reminds motorists to slow down and devote their full attention to what’s ahead on the road. For the safety of the traveling public and Caltrans crews, please don’t crowd the plow.
A safety video reminder can be viewed here.
Rain forecasts in the Valley area call for 1-3 inches. Strong southerly winds are expected Friday night through Saturday night, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. This storm is expected to taper off Sunday afternoon, with dry weather anticipated to return early next week.
Caltrans reminds drivers to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have a good tread, and to stock vehicles with water, blankets, snacks, a flashlight and a full tank of gas before mountain travel. Further tips for safe winter driving and information about chain controls can be found at our Winter Driving Tips page.
Check out Caltrans' “QuickMap” for current road conditions and chain requirements at QuickMap or download the free QuickMap app on the App Store or Google Play. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).