Tuesday, March 9th Reports

Because I am watching two fronts – weather and road, I have divided this post into 2 sections, one for road updates, and one for weather updates. I will add information to the appropriate section as information comes my way.

9:30 pm – it is 34.9 degrees outside, and still dropping. It is going to hit the upper 20’s tonight — I just KNOW it. Brrr…

7:30 pm – currently down to 36.7 and still dropping.

5:30 pm – currently down to 37.4 degrees, and still dropping. Looks like a freeze tonight. I just hope it doesn’t get down into the 20’s. I have a brand-new, unopened package of silk long-johns I have misplaced. Tonight would be the night for them! (Can you tell I got my temperature gauge set up, again?)

5:00 pm – currently down to 38.0 degrees, and still dropping.

3:00 pm – 40 degrees, currently, and still dropping, after a day of mostly sunny skies. (I mistakenly put 44 degrees earlier.) It feels much colder due to wind chill factor. Windy up here, and white caps visible on the ocean.

9:30 am – NOAA’s NWS is predicting another chance of precipitation tonight, although amounts should be low, and light snow above 3K ft. No accumulation expected. Wednesday and Thursday should be dry, with a stronger system arriving on Friday.

8:00 am – First, everything is frozen up here. Hail and ice cover the deck, so I cannot safely go out on it, quite yet. It was 45 inside, when I woke this morning. However, the sun is shining. I will try to post photos later. Dave Allen reported very large hail at the mouth of the Valley. Here is one:

Hail, by Jana Allen

11:00 am – Cal-Trans JUST NOW issued this report:
MONTEREY COUNTY –The closure just south of Gorda (Alder Creek Slide) that reopened yesterday morning continues with one-way traffic control with flaggers from 7 am to 6 pm with up to 1-hour delays. The road will close again overnight tonight from 6 pm to 7 am.

Caltrans will reassess the slide conditions each morning and provide updates accordingly.

9:00 am – This is Dave Allen’s report from his commute this morning: “The road was clean, except for the Lucia slip-out. That is gowing lower fast…the drop was about a foot.Looks like the “sag” rate is about a foot a day…not bad for a slip-out! CALTRANS, though, is there with a foot of fill each day…’sorry, slip-out!’.”

8:00 am -Please see Suzi’s comment from last night under Road Conditions, 3/8, for her first hand report of going through the Alder Creek slide around 5:30 last night. I have yet to receive anything “official” from Cal-Trans, but that normally doesn’t come in until 9 am.

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  1. Last night, Suzi reported: “When I left the office at 5:15, I hightailed it to the north side of the Alder slide traffic control. For some reason, they were still flagging through one lane of traffic at a time, even though both lanes were wide open and there were no work vehicles or anyone anywhere near the site of the slide. As I went through, it looked like the flaggers were closing up shop, leaving the highway wide open, but with “road closed” signs in place. I glanced up the slide chute as I drove by. It looked like it had been swept clean from the top down. I’m still going to get a jump on it tomorrow morning, in case more stuff comes down tonight and the crew has to resume traffic control, but I think the worst is over – at least for that spot.”

    Yesterday, Rock Knocker was down there climbing Mud Creek to make sure the water wasn’t backing up behind the rocks up above (it wasn’t) and he confirmed Suzi’s report. He was here when Susana Cruz’s official report came in, and he is baffled as to why they are closing the road again tonight. Hopefully, the evaluation tomorrow morning will lead to a semi-permanent opening tomorrow.

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