Winter weather expected in central Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge

Snow plow on I-5 Siskiyou Summit

Feb. 10, 2021

For more information contact acting ODOT Region 4 PIO Kacey Davey, 541-280-2716

BEND – Drivers traveling throughout central Oregon, the Columbia Gorge, and over mountain passes should prepare for winter weather starting Wednesday evening and lasting into the weekend.

National Weather Service forecasts are calling for cold temperatures and snow throughout the region. They are also warning of windy conditions that could lead to drifting and blowing snow. Lower elevations around Bend, Redmond, Madras and The Dalles could see around 1-4 inches per day through the weekend. Expect higher snowfall amounts over mountain passes. 

Drivers traveling on U.S. 97 and I-84 corridors should be aware and prepare for the winter conditions. Remember to drive slowly and leave extra distance between vehicles when driving on packed snow or ice. 

Snow levels and storm tracks can vary, so be aware of the changing conditions.

Other winter driving tips include:

  • Delay travel if possible.
  • Plan for delays if you must travel.
  • Carry tire chains and know how to install them.
  • Start off with a full tank of gas.
  • Have snacks and food.
  • Be sure to have blankets, coat, gloves and hat.
  • Bring cell phone charger.

Travelers should keep an eye on the forecast and monitor Tripcheck.

Full list of Winter Driving Tips can be found at: