ODOT: SW Oregon

Interstate 5 southbound into California remains closed this morning at Ashland exit 11. We are awaiting word after day break from Caltrans on the latest conditions in the Mt. Shasta-Dunsmuir area where blizzard conditions forced the closure last night at about 10 p.m.

One new closure to pass on this: Caltrans reports U.S. 97 south is closed at the Dorris agricultural station. Common sense and safety are the key words today. Stay on maintained state highways.

Do not use GPS to navigate around closures. “If an interstate freeway is not passable due to snow, please don’t think an unmaintained or limited winter maintenance road is better,” said Jeremiah Griffin, ODOT Assistant ODOT District Manager.

Currently, Oregon 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Roads are partially blocked by semis that tried to get around the I-5 closure. Conditions throughout the rest of southern Oregon have not changed since last night so refer to news release from late yesterday afternoon.

ODOT: SW Oregon: High Cascade Highways – Oregon 138E, 62 and 230: These highways are again open after blizzard conditions yesterday and last night. Be prepared for winter weather travel. Chains required on all vehicles, except 4x4s unless towing.

Be prepared for severe winter driving conditions. Motorists urged to wait for daylight to consider travel plans. Monitor Tripcheck and