The National Weather Service is forecasting up to two feet of snow above 6,000 feet and four to eight inches above 3,000 feet, with gusty winds up to 50 mph affecting several mountain passes over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 p.m. tonight through 4 a.m. Sunday. Motorists should be prepared for chain controls, additional travel times and delays. Forecasters advise to avoid mountain travel on Saturday if possible.
In the Sacramento Valley, precipitation amounts are forecast between 0.4 and 1.25 inches, with the highest amounts in the foothills and farther north near Redding. Motorists may experience some ponding on roadways that are located in low-lying areas.
Motorists are encouraged to check Caltrans’ QuickMap before traveling for current road conditions and chain requirements or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. Road information is also available on Caltrans’ website or by calling the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).
Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The department will issue updates on @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook CaltransDistrict3.