MOUNT HOOD, OR (KPTV) - Drivers were advised to avoid traveling on Mount Hood due to “extremely hazardous driving conditions,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The alert was issued Saturday morning. ODOT reported numerous spinouts due to heavy snow, high winds and poor visibility.

By 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Mt. Hood Meadows announced it was closing for the day, including Saturday night skiing, due to the storm and extremely strong winds.

Lifts were still scheduled to run Sunday, however Sunday’s park and ride from Portland was also cancelled.

ODOT periodically closed sections of Highway 35 on Saturday, and advised that additional closures may be necessary to keep up with the heavy snowfall.

“Blowing snow has reduced visibility and caused spinouts and delays,” according to ODOT.

Transportation officials said travelers should avoid Mount Hood if possible until Monday, when conditions are expected to improve.

By Saturday evening, the National Weather Service also reported an avalanche warning for backcountry areas of Mount Hood. 

ODOT has crews working 12-hour shifts around the clock due to the severe weather this weekend.

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steveO

The State of Oregon should be responsible for ruining our vehicles by using Salt on most roads now. Never in the last 50 years has Oregon stooped to this practice. Used to be safe buying a local used vehicle here, but no more. Not only does the Salt ruin vehicles, it kills vegetation anywhere it makes contact and can ruin streams that the runoff goes into. Where is Governor Tom McCall. He would keep Oregon the way it is supposed to be. The way things are going here are not good.

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