WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS

Roads in the Mt. Hood Area rise from 1,000 feet near Sandy, to 6,000 feet at Timberline Lodge.  Weather can range from rain to 16 feet of snow in winter, through late spring. Check road and weather conditions before you leave, for a successful trip at the following links:

 

Remember! Oregon’s weather can change quickly, so be prepared.

WEATHER

Go to www.intellicast.com or National Weather Service . Add your

destination, or click these quick Mt. Hood area destinations links.

CHAIN AND TRACTION TIRE REQUIREMENTS

When you travel in winter conditions you must carry chains or traction (studded) tires in or on your vehicle, and must use them, when required by the signs posted. Under some conditions, four–wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles may be exempt from the requirements to use chains. For more information on Oregon’s chain and traction tire requirements, go to ODOT’s travel web page at

www.tripcheck.com

HIGHWAY ROAD CONDITIONS

Call ahead for road conditions.  In Oregon, call 5-1-1 (if 3-digit dialing is not available from your phone service provider call 1-800-977-6368).  When calling from outside Oregon, dial 1-503-588-2941.

Live Highway Camera Links

 

WINTER DRIVING CHECKLIST

 

Traveling in Oregon’s snow country can be hazardous, especially if you are caught in a severe storm. In case you must travel during heavy snow, make sure your car has the following:

Check your car— Before leaving on a trip, you should check your car for the following:

• Is there sufficient anti–freeze in your radiator?

• Are the windshield wipers in good condition, and is the reservoir filled with winterized washer fluid?

• Are the muffler and exhaust system in good condition? A leaking exhaust system can fill a closed car with carbon monoxide gas.

• Is the gas tank filled? Long waits during storms are common.

• Is the defroster in good working order?

 

Extra equipment— The following items will help you in case of an emergency, such as getting stuck in a snowbank:

• Small shovel.

• Flares.

• Bag of sand, rock salt or a skid mat.

• Ice scraper and brush to remove ice and snow.

• Rags or paper towels to clean the windshield.

• Battery booster cables.

• Warm, waterproof clothing, boots and gloves.

• Blankets.

• Flashlight with extra batteries.

• Emergency food supply.

• Extra drinking water.

FOREST ROAD CONDITIONS

Go to www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices  for general information on forest road closures.  Most of the roads on the Mt. Hood National Forest are not plowed in winter.  Snow can close roads in October, and last until late June.  Many forest roads are managed as ski or snowmobile trails and are seasonally closed to highway vehicles.  Venturing down snow covered forest roads can be dangerous, as there can be few turnaround options, steep icy side slopes, and little to no cell phone service to call for help.  Call Zigzag Ranger District Information Center at (503) 622-3191 for more information on road conditions, but also realize that conditions can change quickly.