REDDING – The National Weather Service is forecasting winter weather systems this week that are expected to impact motorists during holiday travel for Thanksgiving. Following windy conditions with possible fire weather conditions today, rain in the valley and snow in the mountains and foothills are anticipated Tuesday through Friday, with another weather system anticipated on Saturday and Sunday.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 2) wishes everyone a very happy holiday and reminds travelers to be prepared for rainy conditions in the valley and winter weather conditions in higher elevations if traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday. Be sure to follow the weather forecast and utilize these tips for safe holiday travel:
· Make sure to have a full tank of gas and to carry chains if travelling into higher elevations. It is also a good idea to bring water, snacks, a cell phone and charger, blankets, an ice scraper or shovel, and a spare key for your vehicle if possible.
· Make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date prior to travel. Also, make sure your tires have adequate tread and replace your windshield wipers if needed.
· Plan extra time for travel. The Thanksgiving Holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and inclement weather travel will add time to your trip. Drive slowly and carefully in rainy and snowy conditions.
· Check conditions prior to travel and during breaks while traveling. Weather conditions can change rapidly, and highways that may have been open when you left may be closed or develop the need for chain controls as you are on the road. QuickMap provides up-to-date highway information and is also available by free app for your smartphone. Motorists can also utilize highway information via One-Stop-Shop, which offers road conditions in the western portion of the country.
· Look for highway information on changeable message and Highway Advisory Radio signs while traveling.
· Certain rest areas in District 2 are closed during the winter season and others may experience closure due to inclement weather. Rest area information can also be found on QuickMap.
Caltrans District 2 Maintenance crews will be staffed and ready, as always, for these upcoming storm systems. Please drive slowly around our crews and give them plenty of room as they work. Never pass a snow plow unless directed by the operator to do so. Vehicle and truck screening are also anticipated at Fawndale Road, north of Redding, for northbound Interstate 5 travelers.
Motorists can call the Caltrans District 2 Public Information office during business hours for highway information at (530) 225-3426. Highway information can also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as through our local hotline at (530) 225-3452 and the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623.
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