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Winter storms shut down stretches of highway around eastern Oregon, Idaho

Poor weather is hampering driving on I-84 between Ontario and Pendleton. Blowing, drifting snow shut down part of I-15 near Idaho Falls.
Credit: Paul Boelke
File image of road closure sign along Highway 21 north of Idaho City.

Travelers trying to cross eastern Oregon on Interstate 84 should expect delays due to winter weather conditions.

All of lanes of Interstate 84 between Pendleton and Ontario are back as of 4 p.m. MT Wednesday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation posted in its website earlier in the day that the eastbound lanes of I-84 were closed between mileposts 216 to 265, 7 miles east of Pendleton to 4 miles east of La Grande. The highway was closed due to winter conditions, extreme winds and low visibility.  

The westbound lanes of I-84 were closed from mileposts 216 to 302, three miles west of Baker City due to weather conditions, according to ODOT. 

And I-84 westbound was closed to trucks three miles west of Ontario at milepost 374 due to winter conditions, blowing and drifting snow. 

In eastern Idaho, southbound Interstate 15 between Roberts and Idaho Falls was still closed as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. The Idaho Transportation Department reports blowing and drifting snow, conditions that also prompted the closure of U.S. 26 between Ririe and Swan Valley and Idaho 33 between Sugar City and Tetonia. 

A 24-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between Idaho City and Lowman is still closed because of deep snow. Another stretch of Highway 21, "Avalanche Alley" between Grandjean and Banner Summit, reopened Wednesday.

Closures may be lifted or new closures may be implemented as conditions change. Check road reports for the very latest information.

Credit: Oregon Dept. of Transportation
Interstate 84 south of La Grande, Oregon, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.