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ODOT travel advisories

Severe winter storm hitting many parts of the state

Tuesday morning travel updates

Tuesday Jan. 9, 2024


  • Portland area, Mount Hood, Columbia Gorge, Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452
  • Salem area, North Oregon Coast, David House, 403-551-8641
  • Eugene area, Central Oregon Coast, Mindy McCartt, 504-507-6045
  • Medford area, Southern Oregon Coast, Julie Denny, 503-949-2366
  • Bend area, Central Oregon, Kacey Davey, 541-280-2716
  • For Eastern Oregon, Vicki Moles, 541-620-5427

Winter is hitting Oregon hard this week with snow, high winds and cold in many parts of the state.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sees the first severe storms of the season with blizzard conditions including near zero visibility starting today.

Last night I-84 in eastern Oregon saw multiple closures for crashes and spun-out vehicles that struggled to gain traction on snowy roads.

U.S 97 is snow covered from Redmond south to the border with California and blizzard conditions are due to hit the corridor south of Bend.

All mountain passes, both high and low elevation, are already seeing the impacts of this storm. High winds combined with heavy precipitation will cause travel impacts. Expect to encounter chain restrictions if traveling these areas. Delays and closures are common during storms of this magnitude.

The Portland area may get some light snow Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Be prepared to drive in the snow and make sure you have a capable vehicle to get you where you need to go. Cars with low clearance will struggle in packed snow or where roads have been plowed onto side streets. has real time updates for conditions happening on the roads. 

No matter where you are in Oregon, prepare for challenging conditions in the days to come. 

For even more winter weather driving tips, see winter travel news packet

Homepage Staff
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