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Past winter on Tollgate, ODOT file photo
Past winter on Tollgate, ODOT file photo
Winter Storm Tonight - Washington and northern Oregon (Photo) - 01/10/18

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Storm Watch to warn motorists and residents that a vigorous low pressure system will track across Washington and northern Oregon tonight and Thursday. This system will bring snow to the East Slopes of the Southern Washington Cascades and the northern Blue Mountains with periods of moderate to heavy snow expected.
*Heavy snow possible. Travel will be very difficult to impossible (in some areas), including during the evening commute on Thursday. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 12 inches are possible above 4500 feet with heaviest accumulations above 5500 feet.
* WHERE...Tollgate and Ski Bluewood Resort (other areas may be impacted)
* WHEN...From late tonight through late Thursday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are possible.
Motorists are advised to carefully monitor road and weather reports before traveling. If conditions are poor, postpone travel if possible. If you do travel, prepare for extreme winter conditions and expect delays and possible extended road closures, especially on mountain pass routes. ODOT crews will be plowing snow 24/7, but they cannot be everywhere at once and will be addressing high priority routes first. BE AWARE, BE PREPARED. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 in Oregon. Outside of Oregon, call 503-588-2941.

I-84 truck crash.
I-84 truck crash.
I-84 EASTBOUND Closed at Baker City (Photo) - 12/30/17

I-84 EASTBOUND closed at Baker City , Exit 302. Photo attached. See separate Flash Alert.

Attached Media Files: I-84 truck crash.
file photo
file photo
Be prepared for winter conditions across Central and Eastern Oregon (Photo) - 12/21/17

ODOT crews in eastern and central Oregon are preparing for another winter storm expected to start tomorrow, creating challenging winter driving conditions over the next few days.
Travelers are advised to check road and weather conditions at TripCheck.com before hitting the road. Links to winter driving safety tips are also available on TripCheck under the "Road and Weather" tab at the top of the website. Just open the "Winter Travel" and "Winter Driving Safety" drop down menus where you'll find helpful messages. Here are a few to keep in mind:

* Be ready to use your chains. Be patient. Go slow.
* Turn off cruise control. Never use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or slippery conditions.
* Expect a long commute that could last hours. You never know when weather or traffic incidents will cause the road to be closed for extended periods.
* Along with snow and slick conditions, expect visibility to be limited.
* Make sure your wipers, headlights, turn signals, heater, etc. are in good working order.
* Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in road closure).
* Keep cell phone charged.
* Avoid following GPS navigation directions onto remote or unfamiliar roadways if detoured off of the main highway. Most routes not considered main highways are not maintained in winter conditions.
* Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.)
* Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
* Use extra caution and keep safety in mind when installing tire chains along the side of the roadway. Other drivers may not be able to see you clearly.
* Drive according to conditions of the road, regardless of posted speed limits.
* Don't abandon your vehicle, even in the shoulders. It could be towed at your expense.
* Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next snow storm which could make current road conditions worse.
* At the end of your trip, wash off your vehicle to remove mud, snow, road salt and deicer residue.
Know Before You Go: Call 5-1-1 or visit www.TripCheck.com for the latest real-time traffic updates and camera views of Oregon's highways. Outside of Oregon, travelers can call 503-588-2941.

Attached Media Files: file photo