ODOT has issued some travel reminders as the National Weather Service forecasts a major cooldown this weekend that includes snow in the Cascades and perhaps on the floor of the High Desert in Central Oregon.
The snow forecast means that travelers should be ready for hazardous travel conditions, with the possibility of slick, snow-covered roads and poor visibility between Saturday and Monday. By Monday, there could be snow as low as 2,500 feet, covering Central and Southeast Oregon.
Ahead of the storm, ODOT is moving snow removal equipment into strategic locations along the Cascade pass routes, but motorists should anticipate hazardous driving conditions across the mountain passes.
ODOT urges motorists to drive for the inclement weather by slowing down and turning off cruise controls.
Drivers traveling throughout Oregon during hazardous weather should checkTripcheck.com or call 511 to be aware of current highway hazards.
In addition, ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:
Be patient. Go slow.
Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in a road closure).
Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).
Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving).
Watch weather conditions throughout the day and anticipate the next snow storm. Current road conditions may get worse.
Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.
ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips and the cooperation of the traveling public to keep our highways passable.
For the latest driving conditions, visit www.tripcheck.com, or call 511 for highway information.