Expect snow packed highways throughout Northwest Oregon today

Expect snow packed highways throughout Northwest Oregon today

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All state highways are open and passable but not free from snow

Oregon Department of Transporation crews  are continuing 24-hour coverage plowing and sanding area highways as they responded to the significant region-wide weather event that produced heavy snowfall over a large area from Portland to Cottage Grove and from the Cascades to the Coast.  

With forecasts of continued frigid temperatures and additional snowfall later today, Feb. 7, crews are working with the goal of keeping the snow packed roads passable. There is no highway closure due to snow or ice this morning.

In the Willamette Valley, chain requirements remain in effect on I-5 in Linn County. Motorists should anticipate congestion, delays and overall slow travel through Linn County as trucks stop to chain-up.

All crews in the mid and southern Willamette Valley are focusing on I-5 and other major state highways that have the heaviest traffic volumes, are most critical for commuters and businesses, and carry the heaviest freight volume.

ODOT recommends motorists consider delaying travel today to make it easier for crews to plow and sand. If you must drive in these conditions:

Be ready to use your chains. Chains required on vehicles towing or single drive axle over 10,000 GVW or higher are required to use chains on I-5 between Washington State and South Wilsonville.

Expect a long commute that could last hours. ·

Be patient. Go slow.·

Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.·

Don't abandon your vehicle, even in the shoulders. ODOT will tow it.

Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next snow storm which will make current road conditions worse. 

We appreciate the patience of travelers who delay their trips or experience longer commutes. 

For additional resources on winter driving and preparedness, visit:  http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/winterdriving.aspx.


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