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Weekend Winter Traffic Advisory

STOCKTONThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wants to remind motorists to be prepared for heavy winter storms in the valley, foothills, and mountains beginning today into this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, moderate snow is forecast above 3,500 feet today (December 8) into early Friday. A stronger system is expected to bring Valley rain, heavy mountain snow, and whiteout conditions that will make mountain travel nearly impossible late Friday into Sunday.

Be sure to plan ahead, if you have mountain travel plans. Be prepared for snow-covered roads, travel delays, and chain controls. Better travel conditions are expected Monday.

  • In the higher elevations, heavy mountain snow is anticipated through the weekend; carry chains. If you are unsure about using tire chains check out our article here.
  • Be prepared, pack your patience, and if you must travel, go safely.


Caltrans snow removal and winter roadway operations will continue around the clock. Motorists are instructed to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and Caltrans equipment and only pass when the whole roadway ahead is visible. These and other winter driving tips can be found at dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips.

Cal Trans Quick Map

Check with Caltrans frequently for the latest road conditions, restrictions, and closures by visiting quickmap.dot.ca.gov or calling 1-800-427-7623 (ROAD). You can download the Quickmap app to your smartphone, now with push notifications, so you #KnowBeforeYouGo and as you go!

And as always, check your local forecast by visiting weather.gov/sto.

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