Heavy Snow Will Disrupt Travel In Oregon This Weekend

Matt Lillywhite

Heavy snow is expected to disrupt travel in Oregon this weekend, per the National Weather Service. "Travel will be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches."

As you can see from the map below, Oregon is forecast to receive heavy snow this weekend:

Heavy snow in OregonNWS

A winter storm warning has been issued in the state of Oregon. Total snow accumulations of 18 to 30 inches are expected in the Oregon Cascades this weekend, with 8 to 15 inches on lower slopes between 1500 and 2000 feet, per the National Weather Service.

It's worth mentioning that this winter storm is likely to be followed by another low-pressure system that will impact the region from Sunday night into Tuesday. Therefore, you should avoid going for a walk or driving in hazardous conditions whenever possible.

According to the National Weather Service, travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions. "If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you." Here are several other items that are worth keeping in your vehicle:

  • Flares
  • Shovel
  • Snow boots
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra warm clothes

In the winter, it's a good idea to turn on your low-beam headlights during the day to make your vehicle more visible to other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians, per the Oregon Department of Transportation. When natural light is scarce — at dawn or dusk, or when it's raining, cloudy, or snowing — you can dramatically boost your vehicle's visibility. Keep your car's headlights clean at all times. Make it a habit to turn off your lights at the petrol station. As a result, you'll be prepared for low-visibility conditions.

According to the CDC, walking on ice is very dangerous. "Many injuries related to cold weather happen from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping."

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