Oregon, SW Washington prep for more icy roads Wednesday


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With some light snowfall overnight, Wednesday brings wind chill and cool temperatures causing a potential for continued icy roads around Oregon and Southwest Washington.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place until 8 a.m. Wednesday for Benton, Franklin, Umatilla and Walla Walla counties.

ODOT TripCheck

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.

Side roads have a thin coat of snow flurries, while main roads and highways are mostly clear early Wednesday morning.

A crash involving an injury was reported around 7:30 a.m. near NE 99th Avenue and Irving Street in the Gateway area.

TripCheck advises drivers to expect a 20-minute delay on Interstate 5 near Victory Boulevard due to a “disabled vehicle.”

Traffic is slowed on Oregon 22 East near Interstate 5 in Salem due to a crash.

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 was driving by.

Parts of Washington County are in snow zone mode. Areas requiring traction devices include a stretch of Cornell Road from Cedar Hills Boulevard to the Multnomah County Line, Barnes Road fro 118th Avenue to Multnomah County Line and 175th Avenue from Scholls Ferry Road to Rigert.

PBOT Winter Weather Road Closures and Chain Advisories

KOIN 6 News found out the reason Washington County had more weather-related accidents on Monday compared to Multnomah County is that the temperature was several degrees cooler – leading to more ice on the roads. Crews were busy sanding all day Tuesday — working around the clock.

Trimet said they are continuing to monitor winter weather conditions and installed tire chains for some buses, meaning service will be slower than usual.

Bus lines running with chains Tuesday morning include 8-Hillside, 63-Washington Park/Arlington Heights, 80-Kane/Troutdale Road and 81-Kane/257th. While lines 51-Vista and 63-Washington Park/Arlington Heights are detoured.

Trimet winter weather

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