MARYSVILLE –The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 3 is alerting motorists to the National Weather Service’s notice of a Winter Storm Watch on Sunday, October 30 for the higher elevations of the Sierra mountains. U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit expects 3-7 inches of snow accumulation and 6-10 inches of snow are predicted on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. Caltrans snow removal crews are prepared for roadway clearing but it is likely chain controls will be in place on Sunday October 30.
Heavy rains in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills through the weekend and snow in the higher elevations on Sunday will result in winter driving conditions for much of Northern California. Severe weather may slow motorists, resulting in roadway congestion. Wet and slippery roadways reduce tire traction, especially at high vehicle speeds. Hydroplaning can result in loss of driver control. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and observe the following winter driving tips which can also be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html: