Roads and weather, April 19, DoT recommends Hwy 20 to I-5 as 101 detour

There is a high likelihood of rain tonight.

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MENDOCINO Co., 4/19/2017 — The landslide six miles north of Leggett continues to block Hwy. 101, completely closing the road. As of about 8am this morning CalTrans expects the highway to remain closed for at least a “couple days.” But aerial photos of the site show that the damage is quite substantial. CalTrans states that they will be making a statement about plans this afternoon.

An aerial photo of the 101 slide six miles north of Leggett.

The Mendocino County Department of Transportation recommends that motorists who need to travel north of Leggett take Route 20 to I-5. According to Kym Kemp, of the Redheaded Blackbelt, a mini delivery truck pulling a U-Haul went off the road trying to travel on Bell Springs Road last night. This is at least the second accident since the closure of the 101. Sheriff Tom Allman recommends that only locals travel on Bell Springs Road. Howard Dashiell, director of the Mendocino County Department of Transportation, stated in a meeting yesterday that he does not intend to open Usal Road as a detour.

Highway 1 near Leggett is also fully closed.

CHP reported a possible hit-and-run involving a parked green Mazda early this morning at 6301 North State Street. No injuries were reported.

There is still one-way traffic on Route 162 at The Middle Way and Route 175 at Buckman Drive.

Rain is expected tonight:

Slight chance of thunderstorms at sea today. South winds are 10 to 20 knots, subsiding to 10 to 15 knots tonight, the southwest at 5 knots. Waves south expected to build to 6 feet at 6 seconds and west 9 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, the waves are expected to south 5 feet at 6 seconds and west 10 feet at 14 seconds.
In Point Arena, there is a 50% chance of showers after 11am. The high is expected to be 56, dipping to 52 tonight. A south southeast wind, 6 to 11 miles per hour, could increase to 16 to 21 miles per hour this afternoon, with gusts up to 29. The wind will blow steadily into the night. Chance of precipitation tonight is 100%.
In Fort Bragg, showers are expected after noon and before midnight. The high today will be around 59, dropping to 48 tonight. A southeast wind, 7 to 14 miles per hour, could gust up to 20 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation tonight is 100%.
In Willits, there is a likelihood of showers after noon. The high should be around 59, dropping to 45 tonight. A south southwest wind is expected to blow 6 to 11 miles per hour this afternoon, shifting to southwest tonight. Chance of precipitation tonight is 100%.
In Ukiah, there is a 50% chance of showers after 11am. The high is expected to around 63, dropping to 47 tonight. A south southwest wind will puff 5 to 9 miles per hour this afternoon, shifting to the south, then turning to the west after midnight. Chance of precipitation tonight is 100%.

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