Storm causes havoc on Oregon roads

| 12/3/2001

In eastern Oregon, black ice and blowing snow have caused extremely hazardous driving conditions. Last Wednesday an emergency radio broadcast included the blizzard warning: "If you travel, you're putting your life at risk."

In addition, snow, high winds, downed trees and accidents have caused closures or restricted traffic conditions on Interstate 5 crossing the Siskiyous; I-84 near Cascade Locks, and U.S. 20 near Lebanon.

As of Oct. 30, U.S. 95 is reporting ice on the road surface and "A" conditions are in effect there and on most summits. Under "A" conditions all vehicles must carry chains. Rain is reported on I-5 and I-84 near the Cascade Locks.

For up-to-date weather and road condition information, go to the ODOT travel information web site at