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Old 01-04-2017, 11:05 AM   #1
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I-5 Travel on Jan. 4, 2017

I-5 from N. California to Roseburg is a mess of snow and ice. If you're planning a trip anytime in the next week, plan ahead. And do check the Trip Check cameras frequently.

Safe travels!
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:13 AM   #2
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Another example of why it is really important for folks who plan to pick up an Escape during winter months to plan in extra days. Good info Donna.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:34 PM   #3
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"The Mail Tribune reports up to 3 additional inches could fall Wednesday in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass, and up to 18 more inches could fall higher up along the Siskiyou Pass and around Crater Lake."
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Ughhh..... Beautiful if you don't have to be anywhere and have a nice fireplace.
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Thanks for posting Donna, well sort of thanks I guess because I'm planning on being on that stretch in a little over a week.

Not looking good. Wouldn't give it a second thought if I wasn't towing. A weird winter for sure. Maybe might have to do the coast route which would be a nuisance when the objective isn't sight seeing.

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Just keep it in snow-mobile mode and Gertie will meet Josie.
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Hi Donna. Thanks for the posts and links. We will ride I5 till Redding and cut to the coast, then north.
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Hi Donna. Thanks for the posts and links. We will ride I5 till Redding and cut to the coast, then north.
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Keep watching the road status Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information . Redding to the coast, connecting w/US-101 N. of Eureka, is via CA-299, which is now closed due to at least one slide.

Another possibility is further south. From I-5 at Williams, take CA-20 west past Clear Lake to connect with US-101N south of Willits. You avoid some mt. passes, and get to drive through more redwoods as well! US-101 from there north to WA is two lane, but the whole way is a beautiful drive (assuming you can see that far out your windshield). Take care, drive slow, enjoy.
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When the OR and WA passed require chain-up, does anyone know if chaining RV bumper pull trailer tires is also required? Thanks.
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Hi Donna. Thanks for the posts and links. We will ride I5 till Redding and cut to the coast, then north.
A friend posted a video taken at Depot Bay yesterday. These are a couple of screen shots I grabbed. While the Oregon Coast does get snow occasionally, this amount is almost unprecedented. Depot Bay is west and a bit south of Salem.
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We're finally going to claw out of the below freezing weather in Portland on Sunday. Saturday night into Sunday is calling for Snow to Wintery Mix/Wind. It's the transitional time where we get freezing rain and the roads are a mess! At least it will be the weekend with fewer employees trying to get to work. Monday on it's supposed to be totally above freezing 35/43 degree and rain. Hallelujah!
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A wee skiff of snow then, eh?
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We met a couple in a Trillium 2 years ago who said they were stuck in a campground on Oregon coast for five days due to snow. I wouldn't be going for a new trailer with current conditions.
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Is there bad icing along with the snow in Oregon? If so travelling in general might be a problem, no? Pulling a trailer on snow covered roads is not a problem with just a wee bit of care taken.
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Is there bad icing along with the snow in Oregon? If so travelling in general might be a problem, no? Pulling a trailer on snow covered roads is not a problem with just a wee bit of care taken.
I'm monitoring some Facebook pages and right now the areas between Gold Hill to Ashland are an icy mess on I-5. Making a messy commute for those needing to get to work. Give it a few hours and it will change, either better or worse.
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Donna, thanks for the info. Glad to have you on the west coast watching out for us!


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I'll be passing through Ashland friday - will let you know how it goes.
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By the looks of the snow in the pictures , it appears that temps are in the 20's , 30's so hopefully it will warm up a little and nature will help clean up the roads . We have some snow / ice on the roads but it is too cold for road chemicals to do any good so all we can do is wait for the January thaw.
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I'll be passing through Ashland friday - will let you know how it goes.
If you're planning on driving through Portland over the weekend, you may want to plan ahead. PDX is a nightmare when we get snow, ice is worse! Looks like that transition will be Saturday night into Sunday morning.
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When the OR and WA passed require chain-up, does anyone know if chaining RV bumper pull trailer tires is also required? Thanks.
WA and OR requirements are essentially the same as California's (and other states): if you have brakes on the trailer, at least one set of trailer axles/brakes must have chains (one chain on each side of trailer for CA and OR; WA says one side is minimum).

In preparation for a trip to the northern Arizona mts. (5000-7000 ft. elevation), we just ordered a set of cable chains for our Escape 17, from Glacier Chain, in Anchorage, AK. (not a plug, just a suggestion based on our research).

Also, regarding all those bridges on the Oregon coastal routes (and other bridge locations as well): At this week's temperatures close to freezing, black ice can be encountered at any time on the bridges. Take care.
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Keep watching the road status Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information . Redding to the coast, connecting w/US-101 N. of Eureka, is via CA-299, which is now closed due to at least one slide.

Another possibility is further south. From I-5 at Williams, take CA-20 west past Clear Lake to connect with US-101N south of Willits. You avoid some mt. passes, and get to drive through more redwoods as well! US-101 from there north to WA is two lane, but the whole way is a beautiful drive (assuming you can see that far out your windshield). Take care, drive slow, enjoy.
I do it even earlier, usually going across highway 12 at Lodi or through Oakland and the San Rafael bridge, if I've planned to go that way.
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