Snowstorm Moves over Southern Oregon, ODOT Says They're Ready

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Mon, December 2 2013 at 6:42 PM, Updated: Mon, December 2 2013 at 6:50 PM

Storm clouds are rolling in as the first big storm of the season makes its way to Southern Oregon.      

"This is probably the first real storm we will see this season," says Jerry Marmon, of ODOT.

Snow levels are expected to drop down to as low as 1500 feet. This means tricky driving conditions especially for Sexton Summit, Siskiyou Pass, parts of Highway 140. ODOT trucks are lined up, and the mounds of cinders are ready to go.

Marmon says "Our trucks are ready, meaning all of our plows are on, we have all of our cinders and our deicing material."

ODOT crews say they will be working around the clock to make sure road conditions are safe for drivers.

Marmon says "we have full crews on 24/7 coverage."

If you do have to drive over the passes.

"Please be prepared make sure your car is in working order and that you have chains and you know how to use them," Marmon says.

And it's always smart to have a roadside kit, food and water in your trunk, just in case you get stuck.        
As always, in winter driving conditions you want to go slow.

Marmon says "speed is probably the biggest thing we see when we see crashes in the winter time."

And keep a good distance from other vehicles.

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