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Tips for Driving Through Winter Weather Conditions

A guide to the tires and chains you will need when traveling through winter weather.

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 1:40 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 8:19 AM

It’s important to keep in mind road conditions and weather as you head to your Thanksgiving destination. Driving in high elevations and over passes mean you could come into contact with snow, rain, and fog.

Oregon has specific chain laws that apply to all highways throughout the state. ODOT says when you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them.

Click here for a guide to minimum chain requirements.

Click here for a guide to traction tires.

Click here for a comprehensive winter travel guide with tips to keep your family safe in case of an emergency.

Weather conditions change day to day. NewsWatch12 recommends you check our Interactive Radar before you go on the road. For a state-wide map of road conditions and where you will need chains, click here. The white and blue circles mean there is a chain requirement. 

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Reported Deaths: 220
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah258070
Marion168350
Washington164520
Clackamas87725
Umatilla7926
Union3611
Lincoln3464
Lane2433
Malheur2231
Deschutes2210
Polk16612
Linn15710
Yamhill1559
Jackson1520
Jefferson1360
Klamath1311
Morrow1091
Benton975
Hood River970
Wasco961
Josephine591
Clatsop540
Douglas540
Coos460
Columbia440
Lake220
Tillamook150
Crook140
Wallowa110
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

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Confirmed Cases: 284012

Reported Deaths: 6573
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Los Angeles1207643582
Riverside21101506
Orange18892369
San Diego17578399
San Bernardino15932272
Imperial7343121
Alameda6925140
Fresno692481
San Joaquin560058
Kern554384
Santa Clara5478165
Tulare5175139
Sacramento456676
Contra Costa409286
San Francisco402050
Ventura385850
Santa Barbara374230
San Mateo3692111
Marin298926
Stanislaus288945
Kings275537
Monterey223917
Solano182627
Merced162311
Sonoma146612
Placer93811
San Luis Obispo8082
Yolo72326
Madera7137
Santa Cruz5013
Napa4484
San Benito2922
Butte2753
Sutter2753
Lassen2670
El Dorado2640
Shasta1635
Humboldt1544
Nevada1511
Glenn1460
Yuba1392
Lake981
Tehama941
Mendocino920
Colusa860
Calaveras610
Del Norte581
Tuolumne570
Mono481
Amador340
Inyo341
Siskiyou320
Mariposa311
Plumas130
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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