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High winds, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain close freeway, create challenging driving contions - 01/17/17

Motorists are reminded to continually check weather reports and TripCheck.com for update highway conditions before heading out on the road. Currently, Interstate 84 is closed through the Columbia Gorge due to ice and hazardous driving conditions. The freeway is closed between Troutdale at mile post 17 and Hood River at mile post 62. In eastern Oregon the Westbound freeway is also closed in La Grande at Exit 265 due to crashes, blowing snow, high winds and hazardous conditions.

Travelers will need to use alternate routes or wait until the freeway opens.

If using alternate routes, be mindful that GPS navigation devices/phone apps do not indicated road conditions of detour routes. Stay safe and stay on main highways.

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.

some drifts before plowing
some drifts before plowing
Expect winter driving challenges on eastern Oregon highways (Photo) - 01/09/17

As of 4 p.m. all state highways in eastern Oregon were open. Travelers should expect ice, snow and slick roadways, especially as temperatures drop this evening. Watch for high snow berms (some over a dozen feet high) along the shoulders of several highways, such as Tollgate Hwy (OR204) between Elgin and Weston, Cove Hwy (OR237) between Island City and Cove, Pyle Canyon Hwy (OR237) between Union and North Powder, Medical Springs Hwy (OR203) between Union and Baker City, and other routes. Slow down and pay extra attention to the road ahead. ODOT crews continue 24/7 winter maintenance activities. Please give snow plows, snow blower and graders room to do their job. Never pass equipment on the right and wait for vehicles to pull over to pass. Conditions can change at any time. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.

I-84 blowing snow over icy roads near 3-Mile Hill
I-84 blowing snow over icy roads near 3-Mile Hill
I-84 closed in Eastern Oregon due to multiple crashes and blowing snow over ice on the roadway (Photo) - 01/04/17

PHOTOS: I-84 is closed EB and WB between Baker City (Exit 302) and Ontario (Exit 374) due to multiple crashes/slide-offs between Ontario and Huntington. Snow, wind and icy conditions are creating challenging driving conditions for all travelers. The freeway will be shut down until crashed/stuck vehicles can be removed and the roadway plowed and sanded. This closure is expected to last for at least a couple hours, possible more. The EB closure is expected to move to La Grande, then Pendleton as EB trucks fill truck stops and local roadways in Baker City and La Grande, creating safety hazards for those communities. For update conditions check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941. SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS

High winds, blowing snow create driving challenges in eastern Oregon, use caution, watch out for road crews and other motorists - 12/29/16

Expect possible delays where blowing snow may create drifts across roadways throughout sections of eastern Oregon. Drive with extra caution and watch out for ODOT and county road crews. Snow drifts are reported on the Cove Hwy (OR237), between Island City an Cove. ODOT crew are using snow blower and grader to remove the four-foot high berms of snow. Please slow down. See short video of yesterday's snow removal activities on Cove Hwy.
https://youtu.be/0UtK_3iADVU Check Tripcheck.com for update conditions.

High winds, blowing snow create driving challenges in eastern Oregon, use caution, watch out for road crews and other motorists - 12/29/16

Expect possible delays where blowing snow may create drifts across roadways throughout sections of eastern Oregon. Drive with extra caution and watch out for ODOT and county road crews. Snow drifts are reported on the Cove Hwy (OR237), between Island City an Cove. ODOT crew are using snow blower and grader to remove the four-foot high berms of snow. Please slow down. See short video of yesterday's snow removal activities on Cove Hwy.
https://youtu.be/0UtK_3iADVU Check Tripcheck.com for update conditions.

Cove Hwy. snow drifts
Cove Hwy. snow drifts
Cove Hwy. will remain closed through the evening due to snow drifts (Photo) - 12/27/16

OR237 (Cove Hwy.) will remain closed over night between OR82 at Island City and Cove (MP 0.0 - 13) due to a large snow drift near Phys Road (around MP 10). To access Cove from the La Grande area travelers will need to use OR203 between La Grande and Union, then OR237 from Union to Cove. ODOT crews expect to have the highway open sometime tomorrow morning. Other current highway closures include OR237 between Union and North Powder (MP 16-30) and OR203 (Medical Springs Hwy.) between Union and Pondosa (MP 0.0 -- 20). Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for updated highway conditions. SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS OF COVE HIGHWAY SNOW DRIFTS

OR237 snow drifts
OR237 snow drifts
Winter weather continues to impact some Eastern Oregon highways (Photo) - 12/27/16

UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: I-84 EB and WB freeways in eastern Oregon are open. US30 northbound near Haines (MP 40) is also open. The following eastern Oregon state routes remain closed or impacted by severe winter weather, blowing snow, snow drifts, and other conditions: OR237 (Cove Hwy.) between OR82 and Union (MP 0.0-22); OR237 between Union and North Powder (MP 16-32); OR203 between Union and Pondosa (MP 0-22). Expect delays and/or closures on these routes. ODOT crews are working 24/7 to address road conditions, but motorists are advised to stay home today, if possible. State offices in Union County have been closed for the day due to weather/road conditions. There are no safe alternate detour routes around closed highways. Many city and county roads are also impacted by severe winter conditions. Additional snow and strong winds are expected in eastern Oregon throughout the day. Road conditions may change at any time. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update information. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941. SEE 2 MINUTE VIDEO OF WINTER CONDITIONS ON I-84 EARLIER TODAY AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKxODip1WfU SEE ATTACHED IMAGES OF SNOW DRIFTS AND EQUIPMENT WORKING TO CLEAR OR 237.

Winter conditions on many Eastern Oregon Highways - 12/27/16

UPDATE WITH VIDEO LINK : I-84 WB between Ontario (Exit 374) and Pendleton (Exit 216) is now open. The EB freeway between Pendleton (Exit 216) and Baker City (Exit 302) remains closed at this time. The following eastern Oregon state routes are also closed due to severe winter weather, blowing snow, snow drifts, and other conditions: OR237 (Cove Hwy.) between OR82 and Cove (MP 0.0-22); OR237 between Union and North Powder (MP 16-32); OR82 between Island City and Elgin (MP 3-20; US30 northbound near Haines (MP 40). Snow drifts are also impacting section of OR203 between Union and Pondosa (MP 0-22). Expect delays and/or closures on these routes. ODOT crews are working 24/7 to address road conditions, but motorists are advised to stay home today, if possible. State offices in Union County have been closed for the day due to weather/road conditions. There are no safe alternate detour routes around closed highways. Many city and county roads are also impacted by severe winter conditions. Additional snow and strong winds are expected in eastern Oregon throughout the day. Road conditions may change at any time. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update information. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941. SEE 2 MINUTE VIDEO OF WINTER CONDITIONS ON I-84 EARLIER TODAY AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKxODip1WfU