ODOT: Prepare for winter weather conditions on southern Oregon, northern California roadways

With the possibility of a winter storm heading into the region on Tuesday, ODOT is warning drivers to brace for severe weather on southwest Oregon mountain passes.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 3:57 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — With the possibility of a winter storm heading into the region on Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is warning drivers to brace for severe weather on southwest Oregon mountain passes.

StormWatch 12 meteorologists have been tracking the winter storm, which is coming into the region from the southwest. Significant snowfall is expected, particularly in areas of Siskiyou County.

"Drivers traveling over southwest Oregon mountain passes, including those on Interstate 5, should prepare for severe winter driving conditions Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions, especially if traveling into northern California," ODOT said.

In Shasta Valley and Mt. Shasta City, those blizzard conditions could bring several feet of snow. At least a few inches are expected on the I-5 Siskiyou Summit, Sexton Summit, and Hayes Hill on Highway 199.

Drivers on I-5, Highway 97 and Hwy 199 should be aware and prepare for those conditions. You can keep track of current road conditions online for Oregon (Tripcheck) and California (QuickMap).

ODOT said it and Caltrans will likely need to halt traffic between Ashland and Redding if the storm quickly overwhelms their resources.

“We want travelers to be prepared and safe and not stuck on the roadway. When that happens we can’t plow the snow and everything shuts down,” said ODOT Interim District Manager Jeremiah Griffin.

Snow levels and storm tracks can vary, so be aware of the changing conditions. Other winter driving tips include:

  • Delay travel if possible
  • Plan for delays if you must travel
  • Carry tire chains and know how to install them
  • Start off with a full tank of gas
  • Have snacks and food
  • Be sure to have blankets, coat, gloves and hat
  • Bring cell phone charger.

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