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Snow Falls on Mendocino County’s Higher Elevations-Major Roads Clear, More Snow Coming, Possible Coastal Hail

Duncan Peak over Sanel Valley [Picture by Matt LaFever]

For many Mendocino County residents, the forecasts of a White Christmas came at the tail end of celebrations waking up today finding nearby hillsides powdered with a dusting of snow from the ongoing winter storm

As per the Caltrans Quickmap, an invaluable resource that should be reviewed before travel during this inclement weather, there are no significant impacts to traffic in Mendocino County as of 10:16 a.m. Do practice pre-emptive driving safety by slowing down and using your lights.

Anecdotally, we have heard reports from rural road residents of snow impacting their roadways including residents in Brooktrails who told us no one is “getting off the mountain unless there in a four wheel drive or have chains.”

A Winter Storm Warning is still in effect across the Emerald Triangle, with predictions of “significant mountain snowfall” to continue into tomorrow morning.

[Infographic from the NWS Eureka Office]

This morning the NWS Eureka Office also announced the potential for coastal hail through tomorrow morning which could “cause hail to accumulate on roadways creating hazardous driving conditions.” The NWS announcement specifically mentioned this could also affect the Highway 101 corridor.

The effects of the storm have thankfully been metered thus far. Over 1,000 residents of Round Valley experienced a prolonged power shut-off this morning. It has been successfully restored. Yesterday evening multiple vehicles were stuck in the snow on State Route 175 between Hopland and Lake County. Other Mendocino County roadways that have faced impacts historically due to snow include Ridgewood Summit on Highway 101 south of Willits, State Route 253 (a.k.a. the Boonville-Ukiah Road), and Rattlesnake Summit near Laytonville.

Below is an offering of the snow from Mendocino County residents. If you have pictures, please, email them to us at

May be an image of tree, sky, nature and mountain
Raschelle Hoyt’s vision of Redwood Valley this morning. She said the picture was “taken from my place off East Road early this morning before the fog covered the whole mountain.
May be an image of tree, sky and nature
Snow as seen from seven miles north of Willits [Picture provided by Heather Haglund]
Top of the McNab Ridge, looking S/W towards Yorkville [Picture from Elias Laughton]

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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