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Latest Winter Storm Makes Driving Conditions Treacherous

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Thick drifts, blowing snow, and limited visibility have made traveling difficult -- and sometimes dangerous -- across southern Oregon.  

U.S. 20 -- two miles west of Santiam Pass -- was closed due to an avalanche, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.  I-5 was closed earlier at Ashland and into California. All lanes are now open, but travelers are warned to expect congestion.

ODOT spokeswoman Angela Beers-Seydel is advising no travel unless absolutely necessary. 

“Have some blankets in your car, have some water, have some food.  If you take medication on a regular basis, take that with you as well.  Because you just don’t know what’s going to happen out there.”  

For the rest of the week, temps will rise above freezing during the day, then dip into the 20s and teens overnight…potentially making roads and walkways icy. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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