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WEATHER RETURNS TO NORMAL - FOR NOW
By The Observer
Life was almost back to late-November normal today in the Grande Ronde Valley after a couple of days of snow and high winds that snarled traffic, blew down trees and damaged roofs.
Highway 204 from Elgin to Tollgate has reopened, but oversize vehicles are prohibited because of road conditions. Packed snow is reported on most highways and all require motorists to carry chains or traction devices.
The calm may not last long. The National Weather Bureau today predicted high winds on Saturday, with a 40 percent chance of snow or rain showers. The winds through Ladd Canyon are again expected to gust as high as 55 mph.
Rain and snow showers are predicted to continue each day through a good part of next week.
ODOT OFFERS WINTER SURVIVAL, DRIVING TIPS ON WEB SITE
The Oregon Department of Transportation has updated its Internet Winter Survival Travel Kit.
The Web site provides news and tips for helping the public travel Oregons roads and highways safely during the winter months.
The site can be accessed at www.odot.state.or.us. click on News Media Center and then Winter Travel Kit.
It offers basic winter driving tips, how ODOT can help and where Snopark permits are required.