Stay Safe and Alert on the Roads as Stormy Weather Continues

California received its first significant storm of 2021 this week and its impact was felt in almost every part of the state. This weather system came with plenty of rain, flash flooding, snow and – dangerous road conditions.

Drivers are always encouraged to be alert, safe and aware of their surroundings during normal conditions and this advice is even more important during inclement weather. During a storm, try to avoid unnecessary driving. If you must be on the roads, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has winter driving tips to help you stay safe:


Know Before You Go. Unpredictable weather also means road conditions and routes are subject to change as quickly as the weather does. QuickMap is a reliable source from Caltrans with the latest conditions such as closures, detours and more. Drivers are encouraged to download the free QuickMap mobile app to have road conditions in the palm of their hands. Road conditions are also available online at


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Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

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