Severe Weather to Impact Travel Across Oregon Through Weekend

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Severe winter weather Friday and Saturday will sweep into lower elevations including Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Coast, in addition to the mountain passes and Columbia River Gorge.

Snow and ice are not the only hazards brought by winter storms. Heavy rain and wind can cause landslides, rock fall, downed trees and high water on the roadway. The Oregon Department of Transportation urges motorists to drive with caution no matter where they are going through the weekend.

Conditions are likely to make travel difficult or impossible at times, so rescheduling this weekend’s travel plans may be your best option. Road and weather conditions can change quickly. For the latest state highway information, visit Tripcheck.com, and for the latest weather, visit the National Weather Service.

Portland is expecting snow starting on Friday, and the Columbia River Gorge is expecting near blizzard conditions with high winds, poor visibility and snow.

If you are planning to travel between western and central or eastern Oregon this weekend, ODOT crews caution travelers to reschedule their trip. All of these routes may be affected by severe weather. Cascade passes are forecast to get heavy snow, high winds and near zero temperatures over the weekend. Interstate 84 has the lowest elevation of our west to east routes and is one of our highest priorities, but with blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures in the forecast there is a chance it may close.

ODOT monitors all routes closely and close roads when conditions become unsafe or the roads are impassible.

To help reduce traffic and stay safe, consider working from home or taking public transit. Or, take a snow day and give our crews time to do the hard work and get the roads clear. If you’re out walking or rolling, bundle up and go slow because conditions may be slick.

For more winter weather driving tips, see ODOT’s winter travel news packet.

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