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Packed snow on roadways requires chains

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Traction tires are still an option, but only for vehicles under 10,000 GVW


As of this morning, Wednesday, Jan. 11, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has declared chains are required for travel on Highway 26 starting at Boring and continuing east toward Government Camp.

COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - Here's a look at the road conditions on Highway 26 at Firwood, just east of Sandy.On vehicles under 10,000 GVW, traction tires are allowed to replace chains, but any vehicle towing is required to chain up.

Currently, the highway is covered in packed snow and ice, well on up Mount Hood, with 2 inches approximated on the sides of the roadway. Snow is expected to continue to fall into the late afternoon today in Sandy, with a 30 percent chance of additional flurries around 10 p.m.

We'll keep you posted on any weather-related closures or incidents here at the Sandy Post. Stay tuned.