Icy roads slow traffic, close schools
Icy road conditions caused numerous traffic problems and school delays Wednesday morning, with wet conditions set to continue for the next few days.
Rain and a wintry mix is expected to continue throughout Northeast Oregon Wednesday and into Wednesday night.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wallowa County until noon and Baker County is under an ice storm warning until 4 p.m. today.
“It’s going to be unsettled over the next few days for the northeast part of the state,” said Ann Adams, an assistant forecaster with the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
Wednesday is expected to bring the worst weather. Numerous wrecks were reported across the area. Conditions prompted Wallowa County, Cove and North Powder schools to close for the day. Other district started late.
Rain will continue in the area through Wednesday night, likely turning to snow after midnight, Adams said. Thursday brings a chance of snow in the morning with a possible winter mix coming in the afternoon. The snow level will be at about 3,000 feet, Adams said. Thursday night freezing temperatures will likely freeze precipitation.
“Whatever has fallen on the ground will probably get slick if it isn’t already,” Adams said.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution, allow extra time for travel and check TripCheck.com for road conditions.