4:32PM- Highway 18 is now back open after ODOT crews chainsawed their way through big trees that fell across both lanes east of Rose Lodge. It created quite a traffic backup in both directions. Look for extended slow downs as the congestion subsides over the next half hour or so.
OSP advises motorists to be especially careful when driving at night as trees may continue to fall as they did all day today. And just because there wasn’t a fallen tree on the highway when you were going one way, doesn’t mean one can’t fall by the time you’re coming back. So stay alert. Don’t insist on doing the speed limit – because when you hit a tree it’s like hitting a brick wall.
Cape Foulweather has a number of trees that ODOT is keeping an eye on. One is hanging fairly low, but the big semis are still able to get under it. They’ll probably remove it after the current storm passes through.
4:54PM- More reports of trees starting to hang low from embankments along Highway 18. One tree east of Otis is hanging low enough that only cars can get under it okay. Trucks are “iffy,” depending on their height.