Caltrans Advises Motorists to Expect Winter Driving Conditions
Winter Storm Watch and Flood Watch in Effect Thursday-Friday
MARYSVILLE – Caltrans District 3 is alerting motorists to be prepared for winter driving conditions, including flooding potential, as a new series of winter storms arrive in Northern California.
The National Weather Service (NWS) expects the first storm to arrive Tuesday afternoon with occasional rain and snow in the mountains. Wednesday will bring very high winds to the area and the NWS has issued both a Winter Storm Watch and Flood Watch for Thursday and Friday, December 15-16. Severe cold is forecast for Friday and Saturday with single digit temperatures predicted for snow-covered areas.
These winter storms will result in winter driving conditions for much of Northern California. Chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit, on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on other Sierra mountain roadways should be anticipated. Caltrans permitted and trained chain installers on Interstate 80 can be identified by a reflective sign with their bib number.
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: