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Winter driving conditions continue Monday

Travelers in Southwest Oregon should expect snowy roads and winter conditions Monday as winter weather continues to affect the region, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said.

Plan ahead, take extra time and expect delays throughout the day, ODOT advised.

Temperatures are unlikely to warm above freezing in the Rogue Valley on Monday. A winter weather advisory is continuing until 10 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

That could translate into ice on roads, even at low elevations.

Roads in high elevation areas may be covered in packed snow and ice. Highways 62, 138 and 230 are especially treacherous. Travel on these roads or other High Cascades areas is not advised. Use alternate routes. Sno-Parks in the Crater Lake and Diamond Lake area are still inaccessible, ODOT said Monday.

Chains are still required through several high elevation areas. Chain requirements can change throughout the day, depending on conditions. Check tripcheck.com for the latest information, and make sure you chain up in designated areas on road shoulders only, ODOT said.

The website also shows traffic slowdowns and traffic jams, road closures, live road cameras, roadside temperatures and other winter driving information.

On Monday morning, Highway 66 east of Ashland was closed from milepost 2-44 and Highway 273 southeast of Ashland was closed from milepost 0-12. Check tripcheck.com for updates on closures.

State buildings in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties will open at 10 a.m. today. This announcement does not cover courts or legislative offices, state officials said.