Winter Weather Challenging Oregon Drivers

OPB | Dec. 21, 2012 12:50 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 21, 2012 2:41 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon drivers faced a number of road closures and delays Fridays as wintry weather hit the state.

Update 2:15 Friday:

I-5 was closed again Friday afternoon. According to the Tripcheck website, the highway was closed at the California border. Earlier, it was closed at the junction with Highway 99 in Southern Oregon south of Ashland.

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Oregon Department of Transportation officials said the road surface had collapsed on Hwy 18, four miles west of Grand Ronde. Eastbound lanes were closed and traffic being routed onto the opposite side. Delays of up to two hours were expected.


Traffic cam near the Oregon border.

Traffic cam near the Oregon border.

ODOT

South of Ashland, Interstate 5 was closed to commercial truck traffic but reopened after noon — and closed again Friday afternoon.

The closure was prompted by blizzard conditions between Yreka and Redding, California. While the weather has improved, drivers should be prepared for more delays, officials said.

A 33-mile stretch of I-5 in Oregon was closed for seven hours Thursday after a sudden dump of snow. It was reopened Thursday night about 7 p.m.

I-5 was closed between milepost 99 at Canyonville, Oregon and milepost 66 at Hugo in an area of steep mountain passes.

Drivers are encouraged to check road reports and be prepared for winter weather driving conditions, officials said.

The AP contributed to this report.

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