Central Oregon DailyBe ready: Winter weather driving conditions in higher elevations this weekend

Be ready: Winter weather driving conditions in higher elevations this weekend

Be ready: Winter weather driving conditions in higher elevations this weekend

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Winter weather in higher elevations on its way this weekend and the Oregon Department of Transportation wants you to be ready for it.

According to ODOT, the National Weather Service predicts low temperatures and rain will bring several inches of snow to high Cascade areas and passes above 4,000 feet between Friday and Monday. Drivers are advised to be ready for for wet and snow conditions during the day and early morning ice.

“It may be warm when you start your trip, but as you head into or over the mountains, temperatures drop and conditions can change quickly,” said ODOT district manager Jeremiah Griffin in a statement. “Prepare before you leave and be ready to adjust for changing road conditions.”

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Since it’s been a few months since we’ve all had to do this, ODOT has the following reminders to stay safe on the road:

  • Slow down and leave extra following space.
  • Drive according to the conditions.
  • Make sure your GPS doesn’t take you down unmaintained back roads.
  • Carry tire chains in your vehicle and practice putting them on.
  • Inspect your vehicle. Make sure that tires have good tread and windshield wipers are clean and in good condition.
  • Make sure your car’s heater and defroster are working well.
  • Pack warm clothes, extra snacks and water, and any medications you may need if delayed.
  • Check Tripcheck.com for up-to-date road conditions along your route.
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