Fine, I guess all that optimism yesterday was for naught.
This morning we woke to yet another blanket of fallen snow, forcing me to take the car to work which makes for one grumpy boy. Schools are closed, power lines are down and police cars are in the ditch.
Welcome to spring in the mid-valley.
Snow early Wednesday morning led to the closure of most
mid-valley schools, including those in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon,
Philomath and Sweet Home schools districts.
Jefferson schools were on a two-hour delay.
The University of Oregon has delayed its opening until 1
p.m. Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College opened as
usual. The exception was the LBCC Sweet Home center, which was was
closed because of a power outage.
ODOT reported at midmorning that Highway 20 was closed
five miles east of Sweet Home after several trees downed power lines
that were blocking the highway.
The closure is expected to be a lengthy one. There are
multiple reports of trees down on U.S. 20. Motorists should avoid this
area, and are encouraged to postpone travel, if possible, or be prepared
for extreme winter driving conditions. Motorists should also reduce
speed and be alert to changing road conditions and the possibility of
falling trees and limbs.
In Benton County, a head-on crash about 8:30 a.m. involving two semi-trucks closed Highway 99W at Alpine Road north Monroe.
Southbound traffic was being detoured through the Alpine cutoff.
The driver of one of the semis, Timothy Tull of
Springfield, had facial injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan
Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
The other driver, whose name was not immediately available, was OK.
ODOT also reports multiple crashes along the I-5 corridor
in the Eugene-Springfield area, but no complete highway closures.
Motorists should expect snow accumulation on area highways, with
especially slick conditions on any elevated roadway or ramps.
There are also multiple crashes reported on Highway 36
and Highway 125, west of Eugene. There are multiple reports of trees
down on Highway 58.