Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) says the megaload could move tonight, weather permitting.
The load has been parked at the south edge of Pendleton since last week, due to icy road conditions. Officials say Omega Morgan is planning to move the load south toward Ukiah tonight. The load is allowed to move only between 8 pm and 6 am, to limit traffic impacts.
If conditions allow, the load would move on Wednesday night to Mount Vernon, and on Thursday night through John Day and Prairie City to Austin Junction.
ODOT said the load could reach John Day by 9 or 10 pm on Thursday.
All moves are weather-dependent, however.
An Omega Morgan spokeswoman said company crews monitor the conditions each night, to make the call on whether to move.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 30 percent chance of snow on Thursday in John Day, with snow likely Thursday night.
Friday’s forecast calls for a slight chance of rain and snow, as temperatures rise above freezing.
(By the Blue Mountain Eagle)