This week, families on spring break are having trouble getting around because of snow in many of Oregon’s mountain passes.
The Oregon Department of Transportation shut down Siskiyou Pass on Interstate 5 on Tuesday, 28 March 2023, because of blizzard conditions near Mount Shasta.
Julie Denney, a spokeswoman for ODOT, said that the California Department of Transportation asked for the road to be closed so that cars wouldn’t get stuck.
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“The main areas with impact from these winter storms are the mountain passes in the Cascades such as the Willamette Pass, Highway 97 in Southern Oregon, and even Highway 199, which goes from Grants Pass to the coast in Northern California,” Denney said.
Highways in other areas are open, like I-84 along the Columbia River. But officials tell drivers to make plans ahead of time by bringing chains and checking ODOT road cameras to see how the roads are in real-time.
Twitter user Matt Hoffman has shared a tweet related to this news-
I-5 is a mess right now up at the Siskiyou Summit and especially down around Mt. Shasta where we have blizzard conditions. These winter weather conditions have caused closures on I-5. Get the latest on road conditions, closures and chain requirements on https://t.co/1Wn1IPoo0h pic.twitter.com/JGTzhql87q
— Matt Hoffman (@matthoffmanwx) March 28, 2023
“It does feel like winter is lasting extra long this year,” Denney said, “but spring storms are not unusual in Oregon. Planning and preparing for winter driving conditions well into the spring is important.
Source- Oregon Public Broadcasting Department