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Highway 204 between Weston and Elgin has been closed because of severe winter weather. This photo was taken by the Oregon Department of Transportation at 10:35 a.m. just east of the Weston Mountain grade.

Update, 10 a.m., 11/14/20:

The highway was opened Saturday, but vehicles towing more than 10,000 lbs of their gross vehicle weight must use chains, per Tripcheck.

Original story:

Highway 204 between Weston Mountain and Elgin, Oregon, is closed to most traffic because of severe winter weather that landed Friday morning.

According to the Oregon Department of Transporation's Tripcheck website, the road was closed in both directions as of about 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Local traffic was being permitted in and out of the area, but trucks looking to get over the Blue Mountains were likely stuck without an option as Interstate 84 between La Grande and Pendleton was also closed because of increasing snow and ice.

ODOT spokesperson Tom Strandberg said there was no estimation as to when the route would reopen.

Strandberg said the department was worried about trees falling because of high wind and heavy snowfall, but he had not heard of any trees on the roadway yet.

He encourage travelers to continue checking Tripcheck throughout the day.

In the meantime, the weather is not going to let up anytime soon. According to the National Weather Service in Pendleton, Tollgate is expected to see up to 18 inches of snow through Saturday morning.

Sunday marks the end of Oregon's latest elk hunting season and the Tollgate road is a popular route into elk hunting areas.

Jedidiah Maynes can be reached at jedidiahmaynes@wwub.com or 509-526-8318.

Jedidiah Maynes is a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin covering a variety of topics including local court cases. He enjoys making music and puns.