FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARYSVILLE – Caltrans is alerting motorists of successive winter storms forecasted by the National Weather Service that will impact travel in the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada starting today.
Rainfall amounts are expected to range between 2-4 inches in the valley and 5-7 inches in higher elevations. Sustained winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph will make travel extremely difficult. Driving during this storm is highly discouraged.
Heavy snow in the Sierra is expected down to 4,500 feet elevation and accumulating 2-4 feet at pass levels. Chain controls should be expected on Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50 and secondary highways in the mountains.
Today marks the most recent in a series of storms, with wet weather expected through the weekend and into next week. Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, Inc. has been contracted due to necessary emergency repairs on Highways 50, 49 and 193 in areas that have storm damage in El Dorado County. Daytime one-way traffic control should be expected in multiple locations as weather allows. Caltrans maintenance crews will be monitoring areas prone to flooding and slides.
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).
Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties.