Weathering the roads, state agencies warn drivers to be cautious

MEDFORD, Ore. – Over the weekend Oregon Dept. of Transportation was busy keeping the roadway safe. The agency said it’s continuing to do so, especially in higher elevations.

An ODOT spokesperson told NBC5 News drivers could see anything from slush to ice and snow on the roads Monday. It’s something they say is common during this time of year, but want to remind everyone to use caution while driving.

“Expect your travel to be slower than normal, give yourself extra time. Please slow down on the roads, a road clear of snow does not mean it’s clear of hazards,” said Matt Noble, ODOT spokesperson.

While many roads are open, it’s important to know before you go. ODOT said Highway 62, 138, and 230 are open but are dangerous to drive due to the amount of snow on the road.

On the California border, the California Highway Patrol is seeing an increase in collisions. They want to remind everyone to slow down. CHP told NBC5 News while the roadways are clear now the weather can change in a second. It’s important to pay attention and not to worry about how fast other drivers are going.

“Just because traffic is always doing it, doesn’t mean it’s the best thing to do. That was [the] big thing that we were trying to do last night was getting traffic to slow down so that people are driving safely,” said Officer Christopher Tuggle, CHP – Mt. Shasta.

Officer Tuggle said Sunday night his agency saw everything from spin-outs to cars getting stuck in the snow, particularly between the Dunsmuir and Weed area.

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Katie Streit
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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