Sheriff on winter travel; High Wind Advisory in John Day Basin

By on Friday, November 4th, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

GRANT COUNTY – A log truck accident occurred early this morning between Prairie City and Hall Hill on Highway 26, near milepost 170. It is unknown at this time if there were any involved injuries. The roadways are extremely slick in Eastern Oregon this morning, especially in areas a plow has yet to reach. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for the northern half of Grant County in the Southern Blue Mountains, and a High Wind Advisory is in effect for the John Day Basin. Expect southwest winds 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour.  Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle and secure outdoor objects. Follow weather updates at

Speaking of slick roadways, Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley was on KJDY’s Coffee Time recently and noted that the winter travel season has begun:

“You know, there’s been a few slide-offs, mostly up in the passes, and I believe the State [Police] has been able to handle those.

It’s just…it’s winter conditions. Having a few extra supplies in your vehicle for those traveling trips. You know–a blanket, some different shoes…”

For travel updates all over Oregon, visit ODOT’s for updated conditions, closures, highway cameras, winter travel tips and more.