Oregon highway managers are expecting troublesome driving conditions to remain across northern state highways for the next 3 – 4 days. Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge remains a primary focus of snow and ice removal efforts with the additional concern about heavy rainfall in the western Gorge. Various locations along the highway are experiencing heavy winds as well.
Weather conditions across the northern tier of highways remain unstable with temperatures hovering at just above or just below freezing. Motorists can expect to find a patchwork of conditions due to varying temperatures within short proximity, with associated snow, ice and possibly freezing rain found adjacent to nearly bare highway surfaces. East of the gorge expects heavy snow in mountain passes and high winds in some areas. Motorists should be prepared to install chains when required and plan extra travel time.
ODOT snow removal teams are on a 24-7 work status with extra crews being deployed to Interstate 84 as necessary.
Motorists are urged to understand driving conditions on their selected travel routes ahead of leaving from the point of origin and to use Tripcheck.com to “know before you go”. Stay on main highways and avoid following GPS navigation devices onto unfamiliar routes that may not be plowed or passable.
(Heavy trucks are not permitted to use Washington State Route 14 when weather conditions close Interstate 84 in Oregon.)