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home : current news : current news November 24, 2015

2/5/2014 5:33:00 PM
Heavy snow expected today

Heavy snowfall is expected across the Sisters Country Thursday as the biggest winter storm of the winter so far is predicted to roll across the region. Snow is predicted mainly after 10 a.m. with a high near 13. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches is possible during the day, with another accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible Thursday night.

Snow is expected to continue through Saturday.

Motorists should prepare to use extreme caution as heavy winter weather may make for treacherous highway conditions in the Central Oregon area for the duration of this week.

Travelers to the Willamette Valley should prepare for significant snowfall in the Cascades, and snow and possible freezing rain and high winds in the Valley, Metro area and Columbia Gorge.

Motorists should stay up to date on the weather forecast and make sure to get safely situated before bad weather hits. This is especially true for storms forecast to hit near the end of the school day or the start of commute times.

If severe winter conditions arrive, ODOT will deploy all available tools in its winter arsenal, including snow blowers, plows, sanders and deicers, as appropriate.

Here are some winter driving tips for travelers:

• If roads get icy, consider not driving or delaying your trip until the weather warms and the ice thaws.

• Driving in ice or snow, allow plenty of stopping distance in case you or the car ahead lose control and watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists because stopping distances are so much longer.

• ODOT sand trucks, plows and deicer trucks can't clear roads clogged with traffic. The more traffic stays off the road, the quicker roads can be treated.

• Consider working from home or taking the day off until the roads are clear.

• Don't abandon a vehicle in heavy traffic. This delays emergency responders, prevents plows and other maintenance equipment from getting through. Remain with your vehicle and call for help. If you leave your car, it could get towed.

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