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Weather Update: High Wind Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook

A high wind advisory is in effect on Highway 395 from the Nevada border to the Oregon Border. The California Highway Patrol is already reporting several wind and storm related incidents between Susanville and Reno.

… Wind Advisory remains in effect until 5 PM PDT this afternoon…

Gusty winds will continue today. The strongest winds will occur in the Surprise Valley and along Highway 395 from the Nevada state line to Susanville. 

Winds will be southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Gusts to 65 mph are possible in wind prone areas.

Gusty winds will cause difficult driving conditions in the Surprise Valley and along highways 395 and 447.

Snow will produce slick roads over Yuba Pass and above 5000 feet along highways 36 and 44.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Motorists… especially in high-profile vehicles… should use caution and remain alert for sudden gusts or cross winds.

Live Traffic Cameras From CalTrans

SR36 at Fredonyer Summit
US395 at Doyle
SR44 at Bogard
Junction SR36 and SR44

Western US infrared image from NOAA’s Geostationary Satellite Server

For Road Conditions and Highway Information from the California Department of Transportation call 800.427.7263 or click here for Mountain Highway Conditions.

Chain Requirements:
R1: Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles.
R2: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels.
(NOTE: Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)
R3: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.

Chain Controls:
You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don’t. You will usually have about a mile between “Chains Required” signs and the checkpoint to install your chains.
Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions.
The speed limit when chains are required is 25 or 30 miles an hour.
When you put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic.


Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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