I am traveling from Western WA down to Bend and back this weekend. I've been religiously tracking Tripcheck and any other kind of weather information I can get my hands on this week, and it looks like my intended route (Hwy 26) and/or Santiam will be getting heavy snows starting Thursday night.
I will be driving a 4x4 pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer with a vehicle on it, otherwise I probably wouldn't be as concerned. As the forecast isn't looking like it will be getting any better, I was probably going to change plans and take 197 out of The Dalles and shoot down to Bend that way. This should be a pretty good way to avoid any crazy snows in passes, right? I have been through there before but it's been a few years. I don't mind a bit of snow or ice, but don't want to be creeping through any blizzards if I can avoid it either.
I am familiar with the Gorge and have ice-skated through before, but it's looking pretty good for now.
I don't currently have chains for the truck or trailer, and was trying to avoid buying them just for this trip, but if there is an advisory stating "carry chains or traction tires" and I will be over 10,000 combined GVW AND towing, I should probably have the chains or risk a fine, yes?
Thanks in advance!