UPDATE: At approximately 10:43 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, the California Highway Patrol in Crescent Cit posted that Highway 199 between Grants Pass and Gasquet was closed again.
UPDATE: At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, the California Highway Patrol in Crescent City stated Highway 199 between Grants Pass and Gasquet was reopened.
U.S. Highway 199 was closed Thursday morning from the California-Oregon border to the intersection with California Highway 197 due to snow and downed trees in the Smith River Canyon, according to Caltrans, California Highway Patrol and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
CHP Crescent City posted the closure information to its Facebook at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. The post came about two hours after CHP said they were escorting vehicles through the area on the highway.
“Route 199 in Del Norte County is closed from the junction of Route 197 to the Oregon state line due to snow. There is no ETO. The winter storm has arrived, and the heavy winds, rain, and snow mean less than ideal driving conditions,” the CHP Crescent City Facebook post stated at 9 a.m.
CHP advised downloading the free QuickMap app and using it to get the latest road closures and chain warnings for the area.
Caltrans, Frontier, Pacific Power and Charter were also up Highway 199 assisting and working to keep the roads clear.
There was no official word on how long the highway would be closed. CHP and ODOT were advising people to find and use an alternate route.
“If it is not necessary to travel this route we ask that you either find alternate routes or please postpone travel. The reduction of traffic in the area will increase everyone’s safety,” CHP Crescent City stated.
More snow is expected at higher elevations. A winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory will be in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Medford.
The forecast calls for up to 12 inches of snow at the upper elevations between Grants Pass and Gasquet.
ODOT also reported U.S. 97 was closed at the California border due to snow and poor driving conditions south of Dorris and into the Weed-Mt. Shasta area.