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Winter storm can cause dangerous road conditions

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EUREKA - These weather conditions can create dangerous road conditions but the California Highway Patrol has been preparing for this and they have recommended tips for drivers.

CHP says if you don’t need to drive, don’t. But if you must, they say slow down. The majority of collisions that CHP sees are the result of vehicles going too fast. CHP also recommends allowing extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. They also say gas up your vehicles. We don’t know exactly how this weather pattern is going to affect our county but it is better to be prepared. Finally, CHP has extra units strategically placed throughout the county so that they are as available as they can be. They are also working with other public safety agencies to maximize their resources.

“CHP, Sheriff's Department, local Office of Emergency Services, Caltrans, we have a very good plan in place. We've been meeting these past few days to talk about this weather pattern that's come up. We're in very good communication. We have a good plan if it progresses and we continue to see more flooding, more land slides,” Officer Matt Harvey said.

And with the dangerous road conditions, there are some road closures as well. Currently closed:

Newton B. Drury Parkway

Howland Hill Road

Jedediah Smith Campground

Prairie Creek Visitor Center

Those will likely be blocked until Saturday morning.


In addition, Caltrans says they are trying to stay ahead of the flooding and are making sure debris is out of the road way.

Today they've been working to clear rockslides. Crews will be on 24 hour standby during the storm.

They are expecting flooding in the following areas:

Highway 211 Before Ferndale

Highway 36 Near Bridgeville

Highway 254 Near Miranda

Areas Along Mad River

You can always call the number on your screen, 1-800-GAS-ROAD, that’s 1-800-427-7623 for the most up to date road conditions.