ASHLAND, Ore. – Snow is falling across Southern Oregon and Northern California, the snow is expected to continue falling in the hills and to some pretty low elevations.
Oregon Department of Transportation crew members are prepping the roads, using deicers along Interstate 5. This is what they do normally every year, but this fall they’ve cut a break.
The warmer temperature is saving O-DOT money. Last year, the Department used about 500,000 gallons of de-icer in the district, which is the Siskyou area, Grants Pass Central Point and part of the Diamond Lake area. It costs O-DOT a dollar for every gallon, but pre-treating the roads is critical.
If a storm were to hit Friday, the work they do now will count. As O-DOT crew members continue to de-ice the roads, they want to remind drivers that de-icers are effective to a certain point. Once temperatures drop below 15 degrees, de-icers become less effective. Also, drivers are asked remember to drive carefully and carry chains and tools in your car.