Freeway closure

Multiple commercial trucks slid off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near North Powder during a snowstorm Friday morning. The eastbound lanes were closed for several hours.

A snowstorm more typical of January than of early November brought copious amounts of snow and gusty winds to Northeast Oregon Friday morning, causing a power outage and closing the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 for several hours.

Snow started falling around 5 a.m., and about 4 inches had accumulated in Baker City by noon.

The snow coated roads lead to multiple commercial trucks sliding off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about 3 miles east of North Powder, according to Oregon State Police.

Police closed the eastbound lanes about 9 a.m. The eastbound freeway reopened around 2 p.m.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative reported a weather-related outage that affected about 1,100 customers in the Haines and North Powder areas around 9 a.m. Friday.

OTEC crews had restored power to their customers by 10:45 a.m.

The temperature had warmed to 38 degrees by 3 p.m. at the Baker City Airport, where the snow had changed to rain.

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