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Oregon road crews labor away at Cascade passes buried under snow

 An ODOT snow blower takes on OR 230.
Oregon Dept. of Transportation
An ODOT snow blower takes on OR 230.

Travelers are advised to take their time and give crews space to clear away heavy layers of snow that have fallen, recently.

As of late morning, road crews were working to reopen sections of three Cascade highways, namely Oregon 138-E, 230, and 62. While all of 230 remains closed, 62 is closed from Prospect North to where it intersects with 230.

The closure points for 138-E is currently from Toketee at milepost 61, to where it intersects with U-S 97.

Three snow blowers with the Oregon Department of Transportation are making room for drivers on some of the hardest hit areas, which saw up to four feet of snow yesterday (MONDAY).

More snow is forecast today, although not as much. Additionally, crews are also cutting foliage leaning over the roads, and removing fallen trees and branches.

ODOT says depending on weather, all or some parts of the affected highways may open later today. Travelers are advised to take their time, carry chains and an emergency road kit with water and food, and to dress warm.

Highway 20 remains closed today east of Sweet Home to the 126 junction because of hazardous conditions.

For the latest road conditions, visit Tripcheck.com, or call 511.

@2022, KLCC.

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.