Expect slippery roads across Oregon, SW Washington


Snow, cold temps, icy roads continue to cause driving problems

I-84 between Pendleton and La Grande closes due to high wind and white-out conditions on December 30, 2021 (Courtesy: TripCheck)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More overnight snow and cold temperatures again teamed up to make road conditions difficult throughout the Portland metro area and much of Oregon.

High winds and heavy snow closed Interstate 84 in both directions between Pendleton and La Grande early Thursday morning. The Oregon Department of Transportation said there was zero visibility causing several trucks to spin out in the area.

The interstate reopened around 10:20 a.m., along with OR 245. OR 204 remains closed.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon Thursday. The heaviest snow is in the West Hills along with parts of northern and eastern Clark County.

Slippery roads continue to be a factor for motorists.

The northbound lanes of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road are closed near Skyline Boulevard after two semi-trucks got stuck on the roadway.

A semi-truck slid across Southwest 124th Avenue closing one lane while crews clean up. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said “slick roads appear to have played a role.”

Shortly before 5:45 a.m., an injury crash was reported on Northeast 181st Street at Halsey Street. Crews are working to clear the area and recommend drivers avoid the area. Another crash was reported on Interstate 205 NB near Division Street.

A rockfall was reported around 7:45 a.m. that was blocking the eastbound lane on US 30 east of St. Johns Bridge, according to TripCheck. Crews have since cleared the area.

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For days, both ODOT and PBOT crews have been de-icing and treating roads across Oregon, minimizing some slick, and icy spots. However, officials still warn drivers should be careful and some areas may have black ice.

ODOT also warns drivers to drive slower in winter weather and keep an eye out for potentially dying, snow-laden trees close to the road that may fall. On Monday, an ODOT dashcam caught the moment when a tree began to fall on I-5 near Wolf Creek as an ODOT crew member drove by.

Some counties or parts of counties require traction devices on tires. Be prepared wherever you go.

Parts of Washington County are in snow zone mode meaning certain areas are requiring traction devices. The snow zones early Thursday morning include a stretch of Cornell Road from Cedar Hills Boulevard to the Multnomah County line, Barnes Road from 118th Avenue to the Multnomah County line and 175th Avenue from Scholls Ferry Road to Rigert Road.

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TriMet continues to monitor winter weather conditions and installed tire chains to 24 buses for early morning commutes, meaning service will be slower than usual. No bus lines have been detoured. Shortly after 11 a.m., TriMet said they have removed chains from several buses but are keeping traction devices on those servicing higher elevations.

“Warming shelters in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties are open. TriMet will not refuse rides to anybody traveling to or from a county warming site who can’t afford to pay fare,” officials said in a release. “They should just let the bus operator know they are going to, or from, a warming site.

The temperatures may warm over the next few days in the daytime, but will likely fall below freezing at night — a recipe that will keep roads tricky for days.

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