ODOT: SW Oregon winter driving conditions

Snow Storm

Drivers should expect winter driving conditions this weekend throughout Southern Oregon on I-5 and throughout Cascade and coastal mountain passes.
Drivers should expect winter driving conditions this weekend throughout Southern Oregon on I-5 and throughout Cascade and coastal mountain passes.

Travel is currently difficult on the I-5 corridor at Siskiyou Summit and the summits north of Grants Pass, including Canyon Pass and Rice Hill. Expect delays, chain requirements and possible temporary closures at these locations for the next several days.

At times, various chain restrictions may be placed, including chains required for all vehicles except 4x4s, unless towing. This will cause significant back-ups and delays.
Crews are working 12 hour shifts and every piece of ODOT equipment that has a plow is working statewide.

Expect to drive on snow, even on the I-5 corridor. The goal is to keep the highways safe but passable- but there will be delays.
It bears repeating: if travel is necessary, expect delays and be prepared for a long trip.

Traveler tips include: 
* Have chains and know how to use them
* Have warm clothes, gloves, blankets, etc.
* Drive to the conditions – that means slow down
* Increase following distance to maneuver and stop
* Expect a slow trip Monitor cameras and chain conditions at Tripcheck in Oregon and QuickMap in California.

Winter Driving Storybook: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/pages/winter-driving.aspx

 

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