Transportation Agency Departments’ crews work around the clock during winter storm

From mudslides to fallen trees to white-out conditions, Caltrans crews and the California Highway Patrol were out in full force to get drivers back on the road safely during this intense winter storm.


Heavy rain and snow fell over the 7 day period, leading to overflowing rivers and harsh conditions in the Sierra. Gusting winds knocked down trees across the state, including the world-famous General Sherman sequoia. Throughout the storm, local CHP and Caltrans offices provided the public with the information in real-time while crews worked around the clock clearing the roads. These remarkable visuals show the hard work these agencies do to keep California’s roads safe and clear in the harshest of conditions.

I-80 Snow Removal


A herd of goats was stranded during the storm on a highway. Luckily, CHP was there to help herd them back to safety.


Roads closed on State Route 299


Crews working to relieve flooding on State Route 97 in Siskiyou County


The snowpack on Highway 50 over Echo Summit.

Clearing a mud slide on SR-29


Conditions changed dramatically in 12 hours on State Route 269 in Fresno County, crews cleaned up the road and the next morning flooding wiped it out.


An I-80 exit near Colfax was washed out in the storm.



Caltrans crews getting a fallen tree of Highway 1 in Big Sur.


The view of flooded State Route 269, north of Fresno.


A large scale slide in the Sierra on Highway 49


Another large mudslide blocking two lanes of State Route 1 near Leggett


Snow Removal on  I-80 at Donner Pass


A landslide on State Route 1 between Stinson Beach and Bolinas


A sinkhole developed on Highway 128 in Yolo County

Work continues to get storm-damaged roads back open again. Another storm system is forecast to begin Wednesday and continue through Monday. Stay updated on road closures by following CHP and Caltrans on Twitter.

For winter driving tips: And remember, you can check Caltrans QuickMap for a real-time, zoom-able California map of current traffic conditions including lane closures, CHP incidents, changeable message signs, chain controls, video cameras and more.

We thank our hard workers at Caltrans and CHP for their tireless efforts across the state.