Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Inland Mendocino County’s Mountains are Snowcapped this Morning, Travel is Unimpeded, and More Snow Possible Tonight

Duncan Peak this morning above Hopland [Picture by Matt LaFever]

As Mendocino County residents arise this morning, many will take note of the snow that fell overnight on the county’s interior mountains.

A review of the Caltrans Quickmap indicates there are no accidents or conditions that could affect the morning commute besides the normal precautions one would take during inclement weather. The Caltrans camera system does show a light dusting of snow on Highway 101 near the Ridgewood Summit, but nothing affecting the roadway specifically.

The National Weather Service in Eureka is predicting the next round of snow will begin early tomorrow lasting until early Thursday. The snow is predicted to fall to 1.500 feet and could impact Highway 101 in Mendocino County as well as Highways 3, 36, 199, and 299 in other regions of the Emerald Triangle.

The Mayacama Mountains on the east side of the Sanel Valley [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Down in the Sanel Valley, the Mayacama Mountain Range is covered in snow near the top 15% of its peaks. Duncan Peak, the triangular peak that dominates the west side of Sanel Valley, is also topped with snow.

A review of the Alert Wildfire Camera system placed throughout the county, mountains from the north to the south are topped with white. The most significant coverage is seen through the Black Oak camera near Laytonville.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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