Just in from the Weather Service….
A Pacific storm will bring the threat for thunderstorms and small hail to the coastal areas and adjacent hills through Tuesday. Snow levels will lower to 2000 feet by Tuesday morning.
Snow showers and hail can catch travelers by surprise. Folks should drive slower in general to provide more time to react to one of these hazards, and they should really focus on the road ahead so they notice the telltale signs of danger. If motorists find themselves driving into unsettled thunderstorm weather, they should be anticipating slippery conditions and slow down well in advance. If you do find yourself suddenly driving on a hail or snow covered road, don’t slam on your brakes. Instead, ease off the gas pedal to slow down gradually. Be on alert for rock slides as you round corners on roads in steep areas. Highway 299 is especially prone to rock slides. Travelers should also expect some snow accumulations over the passes along highways 101, 199, 299, and 36.
Those planning travel should keep informed of the latest weather forecast and road conditions.
For weather: www.weather.gov/eureka or 707-443-7062
For the most current road conditions on all California State highways, contact the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN) : at 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-GAS-ROAD) or http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo