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Winter Storm Brought Snow & Ice to High-Elevation Roads in Jackson County

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This week's winter storm brought snow and ice to higher elevation roads throughout Jackson County and closed multiple highways.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to several traffic crashes due to these wintry conditions.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Jackson County Roads have crews working to clear roads and keep them passable. Travelers should be prepared for dangerous driving conditions and avoid driving in higher elevations if possible.

Oregon 273 (Old Siskiyou Highway) and Oregon 66 (Greensprings Highway) were closed Wednesday due to winter weather. Dead Indian Memorial Road from Highway 66 to the Klamath County line was also closed. These highways were open to local traffic only and chains were required.

The High Cascade passes near Diamond Lake and Crater Lake were closed until midday Wednesday due to blizzard conditions and low visibility. This includes Oregon Highway 63 east of Union Creek, Oregon Highway 230 from Union Creek to the intersection at Diamond Lake Junction, and Oregon Highway 138E between Oregon 230 and Highway 97. Interstate 5 remained open over the Siskiyou Pass.

Travelers should visit "tripcheck.com" for updates on road conditions and closures during winter storms.
Posted on 1/11/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh