REDDING – The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of winter storms to move through Northern California, starting on Christmas morning and continuing through early next week. Snow levels are forecast to begin at 2,500- 3,500 feet locally on Friday, rising to 4,000 – 6,000 feet for Saturday through Monday. Motorists should check weather and road conditions prior to higher elevation travel during this time period.
Motorists that must travel into higher elevations are advised to carry chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, expect delays and possible closures, and follow instructions of Caltrans personnel and law enforcement. Truck and/or vehicle screening may go into effect for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately ten miles north of Redding, prior to or during storm systems.
For more information, please contact the District 2 Public Information Office during business hours at (530) 225-3426. 24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap (also available by free app for smartphones) or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on our Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.
Other helpful resources include:
Caltrans District 2 Website
One-Stop-Shop for Traveler Information (Western U.S.)
Winter Weather Driving Tips
National Weather Service
California Highway Patrol - Tire Traction Devices (PDF)
Hard Copy of Winter Travel Advisory