MARYSVILLE – Intermittent periods of rain and snow are in the forecast this weekend with winter driving conditions and travel delays anticipated in the Sierra.
The first weather system is anticipated Friday with 2-6 inches of snow possible above 4,000 feet and a dusting possible at 3,000-foot elevations. Saturday will mostly see a break in snowy weather, with winter conditions returning Sunday night and lingering into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The second weather system arriving Sunday night is forecast to deliver 6-12 inches of snow at pass levels with cold temperatures potentially dropping snow levels to 1,000 feet. In addition, the Sacramento Valley area will see 0.25 to 1 inch of rain during the two storm systems.
Caltrans reminds drivers to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have good tread, and to stock up 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 dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips.
Motorists also are reminded to carry traction-control devices in their vehicles as permitted highway chain installers do not sell traction devices. Periods of chain control are anticipated during both storms with posted speed limits of 30 mph on Interstate 80 and 25 mph on U.S. Highway 50 during chain-enforcement periods.
Check out Caltrans' “QuickMap” for current road conditions and chain requirements at quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ 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).