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Old 02-14-2019, 12:48 PM   #61
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OH my. First it was snow, now it's wind:

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Central Siskiyou County

NWS Medford (Southwest Oregon and Northern California)
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON...

* Winds...25 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

* Timing...Winds will increase into this afternoon.

* Locations include...The southern end of the Shasta Valley including the city of Weed. This includes portions of Interstate 5 and Highway 97.

* Impacts...Driving will become difficult for high profile vehicles. Loose items will be blown about.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD



A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected with higher gusts possible. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:57 PM   #62
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I-5 is temporarily closed south of Roseburg... north of Grants Pass. I don't expect anyone is out on the road towing tonight, but PLEASE check Trip Check if you'll be driving through Southern Oregon tomorrow:

  • I-5 Southbound is temporarily closed due to winter weather driving conditions and tie-ups. Chains required on vehicles towing or over 10,000 GVW.
It sounds like I-5 over the Siskiyous is also getting hammered with snow.


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Old 02-15-2019, 09:49 PM   #63
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I-5 is temporarily closed south of Roseburg... north of Grants Pass. I don't expect anyone is out on the road towing tonight, but PLEASE check Trip Check if you'll be driving through Southern Oregon tomorrow:

  • I-5 Southbound is temporarily closed due to winter weather driving conditions and tie-ups. Chains required on vehicles towing or over 10,000 GVW.
It sounds like I-5 over the Siskiyous is also getting hammered with snow.


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Old 02-15-2019, 09:56 PM   #64
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They just keep rolling in:

ODOT: SW Oregon: Freeway Closure

I-5 NB/SB- North of Grants Pass to Canyonville - MP 66-99/

The closure area is extended between Hugo and Canyonville tonight due to heavy snow falling in the corridor. ODOT/OSP crews on scene.

Expect delays and be prepared for severe winter driving conditions.

Once the corridor reopens, drivers should expect to chain up, unless driving a 4x4 or AWD, unless towing.

Monitor cameras and chain conditions at https://tripcheck.com
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:24 PM   #65
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I wonder why they care about chains required when the road is closed?

Inquiring minds and all.

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  • I-5 Southbound is temporarily closed due to winter weather driving conditions and tie-ups. Chains required on vehicles towing or over 10,000 GVW.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:31 PM   #66
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Drove today from Victoria BC to Chehalis Washington today. Rain on I 5 but roads were clear. Cool and clear under the starts tonight. Heading to Canyonville tomorrow. Keep those weather reports coming Donna! Thanks.
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I wonder why they care about chains required when the road is closed?

Inquiring minds and all.
Open and clear are two different things. While the passes may be open for traffic, they can still require chains. It's just a notification that while the pass is temporarily closed, once it's open... ya gotta have chains.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:51 PM   #68
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Drove today from Victoria BC to Chehalis Washington today. Rain on I 5 but roads were clear. Cool and clear under the starts tonight. Heading to Canyonville tomorrow. Keep those weather reports coming Donna! Thanks.
You should be fine getting to Canyonville tomorrow:

The Umpqua Valley is under a Winter Weather Advisory for locations 2000' and above where temperatures will drop low enough to work a few flurries in with the rain and see icing on roadways. The Valley Floor will remain warm enough to avoid any wintry weather through the rest of the forecast period, but expect plenty more rain chances down the line.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:17 PM   #69
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Drove Chehalis to Canyonville. Almost no rain, cloudy. Beautiful day and Crystal clear night under the stars. Off to Red Bluff California tomorrow through the mountain passes.
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Thanks for the updates.We are going that route in about a week and a half.Had planned the Great Basin Route but with roads closed in Idaho, icy and snowy roads we rather do the usual I 5 down to Bakersfield and Hwy 58 to the desert.Weather sems to be much cooler than normal in the desert but we will get the sunshine.Our stops looks something like this.
Vancouver in the evening to Toutle River rest area by Castle Rock WA.Next morning down Oregon to Rogue River State Park.Next, tackling the Siskiyou mountain range.Will stop at new Wal Mart in Andersson for supplies and overnight at Rolling Hills Casino at Corning.Short driving day.
Next morning we will head for Tehachapi, six and a half hours.It will be a first to stop here overnight.We do not like long driving days.

Hwy 58 to Barstow, down 247 to Lucerne Valley and on to Joshua Tree National Park.From there to Lake Havasu.And so on.Avoiding San Bernadino and Palm Springs /Indio area this year.Too busy.

The Siskiyou is my only worry, I got good Michelin mud and snow tires and 4x4 but no chains

hope it is enough.Travel safely.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:35 AM   #71
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Hello Donna D.
Thanks for all the info you have been providing regarding weather situations in the Oregon State areas, especially the mountains.Of course I check the cameras but they do not tell the whole story.
We are no spring chickens and safety is number one.If we don't get there today, we will get there tomorrow.
Cheers and thanks again.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:38 AM   #72
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I'll continue to post winter alerts that I receive for ice, snow, fog and wind. This summer... or whenever, I'll post alerts for roads/highways that are closed due to fire... sigh.


Everyone be safe!
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:56 PM   #73
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Thanks Donna. Canyonville to Red Bluff today. Went through Canyon Pass, Grants Pass and Siskyou. Clear and warm. Roads clear. 55 degrees and windy in Northern California.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:56 PM   #74
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Siskiyou Summit is expected to get 4-6" of snow overnight tonight and into tomorrow
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:40 PM   #75
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Winter storm closes 40 miles of I-5 from Cottage Grove to Sutherlin in Oregon. This is just south of Eugene to just north of Roseburg. Both north and southbound lanes.
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Wow, that is big one for sure.We are coming trough on Saturday, hope we don't get another blast.Thanks for the update.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:20 PM   #77
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Wow, that is big one for sure.We are coming trough on Saturday, hope we don't get another blast.Thanks for the update.
You're welcome. I-5 opened both directions at about 4:30pm. However, a number of side roads are completely blocked by downed power lines and trees. Eugene received more snow in 24 hours than they've received in 100 years! And a lot of Douglas County (Roseburg areas) are without power and may be without power for up to a week.

It's currently snowing at my house....

I'll keep posting when I receive any notifications. Spring dang get here soon enough!
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We definitely don't handle snow well in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I-5 was a flippin' mess yesterday. Twelve hours later, ODOT got the freeway open. A six lane freeway with a BACK UP of over 100 miles! I wonder how many people ran out of fuel and got cold.
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We definitely don't handle snow well in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I-5 was a flippin' mess yesterday. Twelve hours later, ODOT got the freeway open. A six lane freeway with a BACK UP of over 100 miles! I wonder how many people ran out of fuel and got cold.

On top of that, our favorite alternate to the I-5 Siskiyou route is Willamette Pass, OR-58 to US-97. It's closed due to snow and fallen trees. Amtrak through the same area is stopped for the same reason.


ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - OR 58 in Lane County has been closed from Lowell at milepost 14 to Oakridge at milepost 34 because of heavy snow that has caused numerous trees to fall on the road making it unsafe for travel. Crews will clear the road in the morning daylight. Travelers should avoid the area
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