U.S. Highway 199 is now open, Caltrans announced at of 9:49 a.m. this morning.
“Slow down and drive for the conditions on the road. Check your route first. Make sure visibility is good, that you can see and be seen and [that you] tires are good enough. Be courteous of other drivers down there. If we all slow down we’ll be able to get to where we're going safely,” Cochrane
Previous Triplicate coverage at Thursday, 9:35 a.m.
U.S. Highway 199 is closed from the Hiouchi to the Oregon state border with no estimated time for reopening due to fallen trees and snow as of 9 a.m. this morning.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 1 is monitoring the situation closely and will reopen the highway as soon as it is safe, according to Miles Cochrane, a Caltrans public information officer.
Heavy winds and rain have jeopardized driving safety and a winter storm warning for Gasquet and Hiouchi is in effect through today with snow estimate to slow down this evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Meanwhile, Crescent City has a hazardous weather outlook in effect through tonight and a flood watch until noon today with moderate to heavy rains continuing throughout the morning.
“With persistent rain over the last week, creeks and streams are already elevated. The additional rainfall will likely result in some small streams and creeks overtopping their banks on the coastal plain,” the NWS website out of Eureka stated.
The NWS also said localized city flooding could also possibly occur, however. farther inland snow will continue in the mountains resulting in a lower threat of flooding.
RogueWeather.com posted on their Facebook page saying travel around all of Southern Oregon and Northern California is currently really rough to impossible, and the storm’s repercussions are likely to last until through tomorrow.
Cochrane of Caltrans said people can stay updated by visiting the CalTrans social media platforms, calling 1-800 GAS ROAD and visiting quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.