Icy Highways: Thursday’s hazardous driving conditions are the result of slick, icy roads around the region.
The National Weather Service office in Portland is urging motorists to reduce their speed, especially near bridges.
The NWS remarked that because of the open space under the bridge, “the chilly air surrounds the bridge from above and below.” Slow down before crossing a bridge if there’s any suspicion that it might be icy because accelerating and decelerating on ice is extremely risky.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported an increase in weather-related car accidents due to the cold, rainy, and snowy weather.
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Travelers Are Advised to Take It Easy on the State of Oregon’s Icy Highways
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office urged their followers to “drive carefully” in a social media post. “We are witnessing ice roads and many weather-related crashes around the county. Keep in mind that the road’s slickness typically peaks when temperatures are close to freezing. Even after the remainder of the road has been cleaned, there may be icy patches in shady spots or on bridges.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is also warning drivers to drive cautiously as low-elevation snow remains possible throughout the Willamette Valley on Thursday.
“Snow will be spotty in nature, and will be combined with rain through most locations,” the Lane County Sheriff’s Office stated. Up above 500 feet, little snowfall is possible, while lower elevations may receive none at all. Even if there isn’t a lot of accumulation, the roadways could still be dangerously hazardous.
Snow falls on Highway 26 Thursday afternoon near Hamlet Road. Traffic cameras viewing east (left) and west (right).
Drivers are being warned to slow down as slick, icy roads are creating hazardous driving conditions around the region. https://t.co/JFxU0P3iuw
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Highway 6, which follows a pass in the Coast Range, is still snowy as of this writing, despite the fact that the National Weather Service reports that most of the coastal snow that fell across Highway 101 last night has cleared.
Thursday afternoon, snow is actively falling near the shore, as evidenced by traffic cams maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Snow is falling on Highway 6 between Fairview and Highway 26 near Hamlet Road as of 1:50 p.m.
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