U.S. Highway 26 will remain closed for another night after road crews with chain saws and snow plows battled all day Monday to try to open it.

Oregon Department of Transportation engineers will decide Tuesday morning whether - and when - the highway can re-open.

The closure is from milepost 10 to 21, beginning just east of the Necanicum RiverOther parts of Highway 26 are reportedly very dangerous with chains required from milepost 28 to 47. Adam Torgerson, ODOT Public Information Officer, said this part of Highway 26 is only open to emergency service vehicles. Other parts of Highway 26 are reportedly very dangerous with chains required from milepost 28 to 47.

Oregon Highway 6 is closed from a point five miles east of Tillamook to Banks because of dangerous driving conditions.

However, Highway 30 is expected to remain open through the night, although authorities warn that the breakup of ice is causing slushy driving conditions at Clatskanie. The highway was closed in two places Monday -- at Clatskanie and four miles east of Astoria -- for obstructions to be cleared from the roadway.

On Tuesday, Clatsop County and the American Red Cross will offer meals, coffee and a place to get warm at Jewell School at 83874 Highway 103. The school will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and two meals will be served, the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 4 to 6 p.m.

In Columbia County, the County Board of Commissioners, in an emergency meeting held Monday afternoon declared an emergency because of the severe weather, that has had a severe impact on Columbia County and the city of Vernonia.

The city declared an emergency on Sunday because of multiple power outages, a lack of manpower and equipment to handle the impacts of the severe weather.

The emergency declaration has been forwarded to the Governor's Office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management requesting state help.

Clatsop County Transportation and Development has announced that Clean Hill Road, Oklahoma Hill Road and Cannel Drive are closed. The Westport Ferry is closed to motorists, but Georgia-Pacific employees are being transported on foot and bused to the Wauna Mill. In the Jewell area, Spruce Run and Sports Acres are closed.

For information, contact Clatsop County Public Works at (503) 325-8631.

Around the state, the storm continues even as rain replaces snow. ODOT engineers do not expect Interstate 84 to open any time soon between Troutdale and Hood River. The storm continues to rage in the Columbia Gorge, with high winds, blowing and drifting snow, freezing rain and ice. A mass of parked truck-trailers at Troutdale is causing congestion as truckers wait out the storm.

Chains are required for all vehicles in the Portland Metro area except non-towing four-wheel drive rigs with studded tires.


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