See Idaho Chain Up Status Online?

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Anyone know if there's a place to see where you're required to chain up online for Idaho? Most other states I've been able to find something on their sites that give you an idea of the current chain up requirements, but can't find anything for Idaho other than the road cameras.

Sitting in Ellensburg WA trying to get to Denver and it looks like 90 is supposed to be getting snow in the lookout pass area and 84 is getting it in the cabbage hill area. Dispatch is fine with me going either way and I'm on the fence about which is less likely to have a chain requirement when I'm in the area late tonight/tomorrow AM.

TCB's Comment
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Try downloading the ID traveler app. I believe it list chain areas. Also, maybe dialing 511. I believe that the WA 511 system will allow you to connect to 511 systems in neighboring states. The Cabbage Hill area and Blue Mountains have a Winter Warning in effect until around 10:00 a.m. Sat morning, with heavy snow and strong winds. I did my 10 in Ellensburg last night at the Love's. I had a deliver today in Fife WA. I had to wait a few hours at the Love's until chain restrictions were lifted on the I-90 over the Snoqualmie pass. Drive safely.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Idaho Ready: What you need to know about the chain up law Posted on December 10, 2020 by Jillian Garrigues

In extreme winter weather, chains can be a helpful tool to keep you safe while driving on slushy or snow covered roads. But are they required in Idaho?

Idaho’s chain up law does not apply to most drivers on the road, or even most places you drive.

The law only applies to commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds on mountain passes, most notably on I-90 east of Coeur d’Alene and on US-12 at the Montana border.

This can be confusing, as chain laws vary by state. Neighboring states, like Washington, may require passenger vehicles without AWD or four-wheel drive use chains during the harshest of conditions.

In Idaho, chains are only required when conditions will prevent large vehicles from traversing grades without them, and the requirement is lifted as soon as possible to limit damage to the road. Operators with the Idaho Transportation Department activate special roadside signs alerting truck drivers to chain up as needed during the winter.

Some commercial vehicles, like logging trucks, tow trucks, and school buses are exempt from the law.

If the chain up law is in effect, then all drivers should be prepared for snowy conditions. Stay on top of road conditions or closures by visiting or downloading the Idaho 511 app.

Here you go


Errol V.'s Comment
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Pull up your handy Rand McNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas. In the front section there is a complete list of road condition contacts for each state.

PackRat's Comment
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If you ever go by the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa, go by the fuel desk. They will give you a print out sheet of every state with the winter chain laws, showing each state's contact numbers for current regulations.


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