High Wind Warning

*NOAA Issue Date: 12/21/2015 09:49:00 AM Strong winds likely today ... . A strong low pressure system will move across the Columbia basin today. Very strong low-level winds may mix down to the surface as a cold front sweeps across the region. Several high wind warnings are in effect for portions of the forecast area. ... High Wind Warning remains in effect until 10 PM PST this evening ... * Winds Southwest 35 to 45 MPH with gusts up to 70 MPH. * Timing Winds will increase this morning and peak during the afternoon to early evening. * Impacts Winds this strong have the potential to uproot trees and down powerlines. Also beware of loose objects being lifted into the air. Drivers of high profile vehicles will also experience difficulty on area roadways. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 MPH OR gusts of 58 MPH OR more can lead to property damage.

Trucks and motorists advised to drive according to conditions

BEND – Winter weather including snow and high winds is adversely affecting driving conditions across the State, especially in Central and Eastern Oregon. In addition, forecasters are predicting high winds and precipitation in the Willamette Valley which will cause additional driving challenges.

ODOT is asking motorists, in private vehicles and large commercial carriers, to drive according to these inclement weather conditions, including slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

For drivers anticipating travel throughout Oregon during periods of hazardous weather, (which may persist this week in Eastern and Central Oregon), ODOT recommends checking Tripcheck.com, or calling 511, to be aware of current highway hazards.

ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

Be ready to use your chains. Be patient. Go slow.

Expect a long commute that could last hours. You never know when weather or traffic incidents will cause the road to be closed for extended periods.

Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in road closure).

Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.)

Turn off your cruise control

Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving)

Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next snow storm which could make current road conditions worse. Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips or experience longer commutes. We cannot be everywhere at once to clear the roads and we cannot clear the roads when they are stacked with traffic. The cooperation of the traveling public is imperative in keeping the highways passable.

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