Severe winter storm expected to hit SW Oregon on Tuesday

Nov 25 2019, 4:39 pm

If you’re planning to travel for Thanksgiving, it’s probably a very good idea to give yourself plenty of buffer time to get to your destination on time.

Dangerous travel conditions will be expected all over Southwest Oregon from Tuesday, November 26, onwards — thanks to the arrival of severe wintry storm conditions, according  to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Drivers should take caution while traversing the roads, because of damaging winds and blizzard-like conditions along with low snow levels in the mountain passes.

“If people can leave today, now is the time,” said ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon, in a press release.

“Travel Tuesday into Wednesday is forecast to be the worst, with conditions improving for Thanksgiving Day,” continued Marmon.

Six to 12 inches of snow are predicted to fall on the I-5 corridor, with more snow predicted to cover the Cascade passes. In addition to this heavy snow, south coast wind gusts of more than 75 mph are forecast.

“Drivers should carry tire chains or devices and know how to install them, pack warm clothing such as hats and gloves, water and snacks,” said Marmon.

“Be prepared for delays and make sure you and your family get to their destinations safely.”