Wednesday, July 24, 2024

[UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: The Closures Begin]Crews Work Swiftly to Reopen Most of Mendocino County Major Roads—More Snow Expected Tonight

Highway 101 on the Ridgewood Summit is cleared and safe this evening [Photo from the Caltrans Quickmap]

Sunday night and Monday morning brought blizzard-like conditions to Mendocino County’s higher elevations closing multiple major highways. As the sun sets this evening, the majority of those roads have reopened due to the fast work of Caltrans and other road workers. But, we’re not out of the woods yet. Conditions will likely change quickly tomorrow morning with heavy snow predicted this evening.’

Closures bogged down Mendocino County residents stretching from the coast to the Lake County border. At one point, 80 miles of Highway 101 were closed from Redwood Valley to Garberville.

As of 6:00 p.m., all major roads have been cleared and reopened. The following major roads are still closed throughout the county:

  • State Route 128 from Robinson Creek to the Sonoma County line
  • Highway 1 from Highway 271 to Cottoneva Creek
  • State Route 271 from the Reynolds Overcrossing to Highway 101

Mendocino County’s Department of Transporation announced the following county roads are closed due to snow:

  • Mina Rd
  • Poonkinny Rd
  • Bell Springs Rd
  • Spy Rock Rd

Mendocino County residents that live about 1,000′ should prepare for the possibility that the same roadways crews worked diligently to clear today could once again be closed tomorrow morning.

The US National Weather Service in Eureka is predicting heavy snow overnight and small hail along the coast.

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For the latest information about road conditions, check out the Caltrans Quickmap which provides a real-time, interactive map of road conditions.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.

The first and most certainly not the last road closure has been made official this evening as forecasted high-elevation snow begins to accumulate throughout the county.

As per Caltrans District 1, State Route 253 between the Ukiah Valley and its junction with State Route 128 in Boonville is closed due to snow.

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 6:30 a.m.

For all of your road inquires, use the latest run down of information published this morning:

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Matt LaFever
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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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