A big winter-like blow is headed our way for the weekend with heavy surf and gusty winds to 40 mph. The National Weather Service says travelers should be very careful while driving Oregon highways and byways.
The weather service says Saturday showers will give way to Sunday heavy rains and strong winds. Wet soils and strong winds can topple trees and knock out power lines and block roads. Also watch out for clogged drains, flooded creeks and culverts and water on the roads. And motorcyclists especially should be wary of high water and water on roadways. The NWS says going back to work on Monday could be dicey.
Here are some tips from ODOT:
* Know before you go. Check conditions on your route at Tripcheck.com.
* Rain means reduced tire traction, lower visibility and less predictable handling of bikes and motorized vehicles. Allow extra time to get where you’re going.
* Road surfaces might be slick with oil, grease and wet leaves and that means dangerous conditions, especially for bikes.
* Maintain plenty of stopping distance between you and the next person.
* Make sure all your equipment is operating properly, including lights, brakes and tires and, for motorized vehicles, wiper blades and defroster.
* Beware of puddles. An unexpectedly deep puddle can bust up your tires.
* Be seen. Heavy rain and headlight glare reduce visibility for everyone. Motorists and bicyclists alike should turn on their lights and make sure everyone can see you.