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News

One Fatality Confirmed in Alpine Meadows Inbound Avalanche

Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows The Placer County Sheriff has confirmed one fatality and another injury in the inbound avalanche…

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News

Several People Missing Following Avalanche at Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows

UPDATE: One Fatality Confirmed in Alpine Meadows Inbound Avalanche Alpine Meadows Summit. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows The Sierra Avalanche…

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Bay Area

Monterey Bay Aquarium Livestream’s ‘Penis Fish’ Following Viral Point Reyes Story

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write – The public wants more penis fish and a California aquarium is…

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News

Avalanche Reported on Mount Shasta that was ‘At Least a Hundred Yards’

With the brunt of the winter storm arriving on Mount Shasta, avalanche conditions have been high on the mountain. When…

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Butte

NorCal Woman Missing for Nearly a Week Found Alive in Her Car Buried in Snow

Photo: Butte Count Sheriff A collective sigh of relief could be felt from the Oroville community on January 15 when…

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News

3 Northern California Peaks Record 100+ MPH Winds Over the Past 24 Hours

Alpine Meadows Summit. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows As a few big winter storms begin to descend onto Northern California,…

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Events

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Brings 5-Day Event to NorCal this Week

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is returning to Northern California this week with a 5-day event in Grass Valley…

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News

Intense Winds Expected to Reach 100 MPH on Mount Shasta this Week

Flickr/Owen Byrne As Northern California prepares for a batch of winter storms preparing to hit this week, falling snow and…

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North Coast

Viral Video Shows Beachgoers Swept Off Their Feet by King Tide Wave at Moonstone Beach

The king tide has been wreaking havoc along the North Coast recently, swallowing up beaches and surprising unexpected beachgoers with…

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Destinations

Mount Shasta Named One of the ‘Best Secret Ski Towns in North America’ by National Geographic

There are some great ski towns in Northern California that get a ton of national press. Places like Truckee, South…

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Bay Area

California Wants to Transform a NorCal Ranch into a Massive New State Park

N3 Ranch. Photo: California Outdoor Properties When Governor Gavin Newsom announced his $222 billion proposed state budget on Friday, he…

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Outdoors

Another Beautiful Lenticular Cloud Show Appeared Over Mount Shasta this Week

Mount Shasta is known to marvel onlookers with a lenticular cloud show every now and again, and anyone lucky enough…

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News

Winter Storm Watch: Nearly 8 Feet of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains this Week

As the very beginning of 2020 took shape, Northern California enjoyed mostly sunny skies and moderate temperatures, but that’s about…

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Butte

‘The Dam Bill’ for 1,200, Alex: Oroville Dam Featured on Jeopardy’s Greatest of All Time Tournament

Oroville Dam has become famous around the world following its shocking and dangerous collapse in 2017, but it was the…

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Bay Area

Point Reyes Officials Install Concrete Barriers to Keep 5,000 Pound Elephant Seals Out of the Parking Lot

Flickr/Rick Berg Drake’s Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to some of the most robust marine wildlife…

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Eating

Enjoying a Hearty Breakfast at Hi-Lo Cafe in Weed, California

We were in search if a hearty breakfast in Siskiyou County, so we heeded a local’s advice and headed to…

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News

More Snow Coming to the NorCal Mountains Tonight, With the BIG Storm Expected Next Week

Snowshoers in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo: National Park Service Following a snowy month to begin the winter in late…

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Eating

Devouring Cupcakes at Redding’s Sublime Cake Design

We visited Sublime Cake Design in Redding to find out what an award winning cupcake tasted like. This local bakery won the…

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News

Reward Increased to $7,500 in Endangered Wolf Shooting Investigation in Northern California

Earlier this week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife offered a $2,500 reward for information int the case of…

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News

Artist Needed for New Mural on Tahoe’s ‘Magical’ East Shore Trail

Photo: Tahoe Fund Tahoe’s “magical” East Shore Trail was completed in June 2019, highlighting the beauty of Lake Tahoe for…

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Outdoors

Watch a Mountain Biker Go Full Send Down Redding’s Newest Flow Trail ‘The Enticer’

The Redding Trail Alliance has been hard at work creating and providing maintenance on mountain biking trails after the Carr…

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News

$2,500 Reward Offered in Endangered Wolf Murder Investigation in Northern California

Lassen Pack The issue of wolves migrating back into California has become controversial, as wolf conservationists and cattle ranchers continue…

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Outdoors

Staying at the New Resort For Outdoor Adventurers in Mount Shasta

The newest hotel in Mount Shasta is designed exclusively for outdoor adventurers and it’s one of the most unique experiences…

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Outdoors

Crazy Video Shows ‘Selfie King’ Jumping Off Yosemite’s Half Dome, Pretending to Fall

*Note: Base jumping in Yosemite National Park is illegal. Please do not attempt. This might be the bravest piece of…

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Outdoors

Lucky Fisherman Lands Two 40-Pound Striped Bass in One Day on the Sacramento River

Fisherman Johnny Eller had himself quite a day on the Sacramento River last week, starting the day off landing a…

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News

California DWR Officials Once Again Emphasize Climate Change in Annual Snow Survey

Sierra snow survey on January 2, 2020. Photo: DWR Although the New Year snow surveys conducted by the California Department…

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Bay Area

Scary Video Shows Beachgoer Getting Swept Out to Sea By Massive Bay Area Wave

The waves have been vicious around the Bay Area and Sonoma Coast lately, with multiple high-surf warnings being issued by…

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News

DWR’s First Snow Survey of 2020 Shows Statewide Snowpack at 90 Percent of Average

Photo: California Department of Water Resources It’s become an annual tradition on the beginning of every year for the California…

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Outdoors

There’s a Secret Way to Get a Free Lift Ticket to Heavenly Ski Resort. Here’s How.

Flickr/jcookfisher Skiing can be a pretty expensive endeavor. If you already own your own gear (rentals can be around $100),…

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News

Season-Pass Holders Sue Northstar Over New Parking Fee

Photo: Reno Tahoe Prior to the 2019-20 winter season, Northstar Mountain Resort announced it would begin charging for parking, claiming the…

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Destinations

7 Hidden Outdoor Gems Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding There are so many beautiful outdoor destinations that have put Redding, California on the…

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Outdoors

Mount Shasta Put on a Gorgeous Post-Christmas Lenticular Cloud Show

As the clouds parted over Northern California on Christmas Day, locals bogged down by rain and snow for the past…

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Destinations

How You Can Snowshoe an Active Volcano for FREE in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo: National Park Service With mounds of snow in the Northern California mountains, adventurers…

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History

How this Man’s ‘Hell’ Became One of Northern California’s Most Popular Destinations

Bumpass Hell is a popular destination for people traveling through Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is chock-full of hydrothermal activity,…

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Outdoors

Only in NorCal: Surfing, Wakeboarding and Skiing All in the Same Day

The beautiful part about living in Northern California is how we can enjoy the many different environments of California. We…

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Outdoors

Surfers Use Winter Storm to Ride Chilly Waves on Lake Tahoe

When a recent windy winter storm descended upon Lake Tahoe, the waters moved with a bustle only seen a few…

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Outdoors

With Over a Foot of New Snow in the NorCal Mountains, Christmas Week will be a Powder Paradise

Since Thanksgiving week, the snow has been falling nearly nonstop, giving Northern California the snowpack needed to enter 2020 with…

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Destinations

Two NorCal Destinations Make Forbes List of ‘Best Places to Visit in 2020’

Forbes has released it’s list of the 25 Best Places To Visit In 2020 and Northern California got a lot…

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News

NorCal Ski Resorts Lead the List of Deepest Snowpacks in North America

Facebook/Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows It’s been a snowy start the water year and much like the epic winter of 2018-19,…

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Eating

A Tour of the Four Breweries of Redding, California

During the winter in Northern California, sometimes you’re forced to find activities inside to entertain yourself. So we decided to…

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News

CalTrans Outlines Travel Tips for the ‘Extreme Conditions’ of the Winter Season

The winter season is upon us, and the snowy and rainy conditions can make for challenging travel as family, friends,…

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North Coast

How Star Wars Transformed the Northern California Redwoods into Endor for ‘Return of the Jedi’

In the early 1980’s, the third installment of the wildly popular Star Wars franchise was in production, and creator George…

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Bay Area

Despite Sunny Skies, Rain Hits the Muir Woods National Monument

Flickr/Decaseconds On Tuesday, December 17th, visitors to Muir Woods National Monument finally saw some sunny skies that have been rare…

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News

NorCal Residents Fight for the Trees of their Beloved Redwood-Lined Road

Photo: Change.org Sitting between the small towns of Crescent City and Fort Dick is a 2.5 mile remote roadway that…

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History

This Waterfall Was Once the Hideout of NorCal’s Most Notorious Stagecoach Robber

Hedge Creek Falls. Photo: Flickr/Eric Leslie Every bandit needs a hideout, and it just so happens that one of the…

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History

These Brothers Were Hanged in Redding in 1892. Their Hidden Treasure was Never Found.

On July 24th, 1892, a group of masked men stormed the Redding, California jail and dragged out two men accused…

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Destinations

3 Northern California Snowshoe Hikes with a Waterfall Payoff

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Lower McCloud Falls under a blanket of snow. It’s wintertime in Northern California, possibly…

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News

Shasta Trinity National Forest Employees Receive Awards for Engaging Youth and Partners

Last week, Assistant Recreation Officer Marcus Nova accepted the award for “Engaging Youth” and the Trinity Divide Land Acquisition Team…

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News

More Rain and Snow Forecast for NorCal this Week with a Bigger Storm Expected this Weekend

Photo: Lassen Volcanic National Park As we enter into the third week of December in Northern California, we’re seeing more…

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Outdoors

Why Does Mammoth Get So Much Snow? Here’s the Science Behind It.

Mammoth Mountain made headlines last winter (2018-19) for producing some epic snowfall. In February, they broke a 30-year-old snowfall record and had…

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News

With New Snow, Mt. Shasta Ski Park Will Open this Week

While Northern California was bombarded with snowfall in the early weeks of the winter, Mt. Shasta Ski Park struggled to…

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News

Illegal Trout Confiscated by CDFW Fed to Rehabilitating Bears, Raccoons and Bald Eagle

Trout confiscated at Antelope Lake on April 28. Photo: CDFW On April 28, 2019, California Department of Fish and Wildlife…

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News

Study: Catastrophic Mega-Flood an Imminent Threat to Northern California

In the past five years, we’ve seen dramatic swings in weather during the different seasons in Northern California. From drought to…

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Destinations

The Brand-New Trailhead to Mossbrae Falls is Coming Closer to Reality

Flickr/CheWei Chang Anyone that’s ever had the pleasure of visiting Northern California’s most unique waterfall, Mossbrae Falls, knows its well…

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News

Over 100 Wild Horses from Devil’s Garden Have Been Placed into Permanent Homes

Photo: U.S. Forest Service It was a controversial move to begin rounding up the beautiful wild horses of Devil’s Garden…

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Outdoors

Ryan Spitz on Mapping NorCal, Ultra Trail Running and California Untamed

We sat down with Ryan Spitz, the owner of Shasta Trail Runs and Founder of California Untamed, to discuss his…

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Outdoors

Tahoe Professional Skier Josh Daiek Barely Survives Massive Backcountry Avalanche

Josh Daiek is a well-known professional skier in the Tahoe area known for his big mountain riding and massive road…

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Destinations

Spending a Beautiful Winter Day in Mount Shasta

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou It’s winter in Northern California and one of our favorite ways to spend a…

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News

Thousands of ‘Penis Fish’ Wash Ashore on Point Reyes Beach

A fat innkeeper worm in Bodega Bay in June 2019. Photo: Kate Montana/iNaturalist Creative Commons Drakes Beach in the Point…

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Bay Area

Rediscovered Film Takes a Trip Through San Francisco in Ruins Following 1906 Earthquake

On April 18, 1906, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco, killing 3,000 people and destroying 80 percent of the…

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News

Record-Setting 75-Foot Wave Recorded Off the Northern California Coast

Photo: Flickr/mlhradio A 75-foot wave was recorded off the Northern California coast on November 26, setting the record for the…

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History

This 1952 News Reel Shows Passenger Train Buried in Tahoe’s Worst Blizzard in 50 Years

In January of 1952, the worst blizzard seen in 50 years slammed the Tahoe area, closing the pass over Donner…

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News

Squaw Valley Resort’s World-Famous KT-22 Opens Today!

There’s a reason Squaw Valley’s KT-22 was voted the best chairlift in North America. It’s simply paradise for any expert…

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News

More Rain, Snow Heading for Northern California this Week

It’s been a non-stop onslaught of rain and snow in Northern California since the now famous ‘bomb cyclone’ hit on…

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News

Satellite Images Show the Insane Snowfall that Hit the Sierra Nevada in Just 2 Weeks

The month of November in Northern California was looking rather dry until Mother Nature hit in a big way during…

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Destinations

The NorCal Town Named ‘Rough and Ready’ Once Seceded from the United States

The only way you’ve probably heard of Rough and Ready, California is if you’ve driven on Highway 20 between Yuba…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Delays Opening Following Lackluster Snowfall

Mt. Shasta Ski Park has decided to push back its season opening following a lackluster snowmaking week and a storm…

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News

Nearly 7 Feet of Snow, 50 MPH Winds Forecast for NorCal this Weekend

It’s been just over a week since we received the Thanksgiving week storm that blanketed Northern California with snow, and…

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News

Snowfall Sinks At Least Four Houseboats on Shasta Lake

Following the massive winter storm that slammed Northern California last weekend, workers at Bridge Bay Marina on Shasta Lake returned…

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Destinations

We Visited 5 Breweries in a Day on the Siskiyou Beer Trail

With Siskiyou County’s endless opportunity for outdoor adventure, it also packs with it some of the best craft beer in…

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History

The Legends and Mysteries of Siskiyou County

It’s well documented that the areas surrounding Mount Shasta are full of legends and mysteries. From paranormal encounters to treasures…

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Cannabis

Remembering the Time it Rained 6,000 Pounds of Marijuana on Yosemite

Photo: Rick Schloss In 1977, Yosemite National Park was a much different place. Rock climbers traveled the world over to…

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Outdoors

Forget Avalanches: Tree Wells are the Most Dangerous Obstacles at NorCal Ski Resorts

Heavenly Mountain Resort If you’ve ever seen any semblance of an avalanche in person, you know why it gets much…

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Outdoors

The Late-Fall Salmon Run is Producing Some MASSIVE Fish on the Sacramento River

Due to the last couple of winters spitting out insane amounts of precipitation in Northern California, this year’s salmon run…

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Destinations

This NorCal Town Transforms into a Victorian Christmas Wonderland Every Saturday in December

McCloud, California December has arrived, meaning people are donning their homes with Christmas lights, decorating their trees with ornaments and…

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News

Dangerous Rock Slide Falls on Highway 50 Near Echo Summit

On Sunday evening, the Sierra Avalanche Center issued an Avalanche Warning for much of the Tahoe area, warning motorists to…

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Destinations

7 Incredible Winter Adventures Near Redding, California

It’s officially winter in Northern California, which means we’ll be trading in our shorts and sun-tan lotion for scarves and…

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Butte

Fisherman Lands HUMONGOUS 35-Pound Striped Bass on Sacramento River

Billy Driessen is no stranger to landing humongous striped bass on the Sacramento River. In fact, the Butte County fishing…

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Destinations

Visiting the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California

The areas surrounding Redding, California are world-renown for there incredible outdoor destinations. But if you’re looking for a great place…

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News

Avalanche Warning: ‘Large and Destructive’ Avalanches Expected in Tahoe Area

With the massive snowfall bombarding the Tahoe area over the past few days, the Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an…

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News

With New Snow, Mt. Shasta Ski Park Announces Opening Day

It’s been a pleasant surprise for skiers and snowboarders to witness the onslaught of snow falling in the Northern California…

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News

‘Atmospheric River’ to Bring Nearly 7 Feet of Snow to NorCal Mountains Through Monday

Here we go again. Northern California welcomed winter in a fantastic way Thanksgiving week, with a “bomb cyclone” storm bringing…

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Eating

7 Instagrammable Burgers in Siskiyou County That Will Have Your Mouth Watering

We all know the many reasons to visit Siskiyou County. The incredible outdoors destinations, waterfalls and recreation activities provide all…

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News

Winter Storm Watch: 3 More Feet of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains Through Sunday

It was a spectacular start to winter in Northern California when a the “bomb cyclone” storm brought 2 feet of…

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Destinations

NorCal’s Frozen Gem – The Siskiyou Ice Rink is a Unique Winter Experience

Whether it’s a sunny day under the shadow of Mt. Shasta or a cold night under bright, illuminating stars, the…

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News

Video Shows Crazy Scene in Dunsmuir with Cars Backed Up for Miles on Snow-Laden I-5

With the closure of Interstate 5 between Redding and Yreka on Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s caused quite the commotion for…

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News

Interstate 5 Between Yreka and Redding Reopens to Southbound Traffic, Northbound Remains Closed

Here’s a quick update for anyone crazy enough to travel on Interstate 5 between Yreka and Redding today – as…

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News

Northern California’s ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Storm is Putting Up Historic Numbers

Following two excruciatingly dry months in Northern California, winter has finally arrived in the form of a massive “bombogenesis” storm.…

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News

Interstate 80 Remains Closed to All Traffic Near Tahoe Due to Storm

Any Holiday travel was completely stifled on Tuesday evening when a “bombogenesis” storm descended into Northern California, forcing officials to…

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News

Interstate 5 Remains Closed to All Traffic Between Redding and Yreka Due to Snow

As the sun rose Wednesday morning to reveal large amounts of snow throughout Northern California, Holiday travel remains stifled. Due…

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News

Interstate 80 Reopens Near Tahoe with Chain Controls

Following a more than 3-hour closure on the popular stretch of Interstate 80 near Tahoe, the road has reopened to…

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News

UPDATE: Northbound I-5 Closed to All Traffic 10 Miles North of Redding

We recently reported that northbound traffic had been closed on Interstate 5 in Dunsmuir due to spinouts and now CalTrans…

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News

Northbound I-5 Closed at South Dunsmuir Due to Multiple Spinouts

The massive Thanksgiving storm just reached Northern California and there’s already multiple road closures. One large road closure is northbound…

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Weather

Snowstorm Blankets NorCal – See the Early Sights of the Snow Throughout Northern California

We all knew it was coming – a “bombogenesis” storm that would blanket Northern California through Thanksgiving. But it arrived…

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News

Interstate 80 Closed at Alta Due to Snowstorm Induced Collisions

Photo: California Highway Patrol After much hype, the massive snowstorm has hit Northern California and traffic conditions are already being…

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Bay Area

The Chronicles of Mark Twain in California – Part 2: Getting Fired in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Cliff House in the 1800’s By the time Mark Twain (formerly Sam Clemens) made it to San Francisco…

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News

NWS Updated Snow Forecast: 4 Inches for Redding, 2 Feet for Shasta Lake and 3 Feet for Dunsmuir

Snow in Downtown Dunsmuir Yesterday, we noticed a change in the weather patterns of the upcoming storm descending on Northern…

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News

NWS Calls Upcoming Storm a ‘Bombogenesis.’ Here’s What That Means.

The National Weather Service tweeted a GIF of the storm descending into Northern California on Tuesday, calling it a “bombogenesis.”…

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News

Howling Winds Reach 101 MPH in Sierra Ahead of Big Winter Storm

View of Sierra Nevada from Mammoth Airport. Flickr/Jeff Sullivan The first big winter storm is descending into Northern California this…

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Stories

The 4 Volcanos Surrounding Northern California Are Some Of The Most Dangerous in America

Mount Shasta It’s no secret – we have some active volcanos in our area. But are you aware that we…

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