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Eugene declares ice/snow emergency and more snow, colder temps are expected

Rachael McDonald
The city says designated snow routes like 18th Avenue need to be kept clear of parked vehicles.

The City of Eugene declared an ice/snow emergency Sunday morning. The city’s emergency declaration means all vehicles must be removed immediately from designated snow emergency routes.

City of Eugene
On Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2021, the City of Eugene declared an ice/ snow emergency.

The City declared the emergency due to accumulating snow on city streets and hazardous conditions. The City’s ice/snow ordinance prohibits parking along streets designated as snow emergency routes while a snow/ice emergency is in effect. Typically, emergency routes are collectors, arterials, and bus routes.

The ordinance gives the City the authority to tow vehicles parked or stranded along emergency routes. By banning parking, the City is able to ensure that emergency vehicles, buses, and other essential traffic can move safely around town, and that parked and stalled vehicles do not hamper snow removal operation. The parking ban will remain in effect until further notification.

The weather is expected to continue to deteriorate throughout the day on Sunday as more snow showers move through the area. Freezing temperatures Sunday evening will likely also further deteriorate conditions.

Eugene Public Works has crews out currently plowing the road and spreading sand at intersections. However, people should be prepared for the conditions if they must go out. To view road conditions visit tripcheck.com. For winter-weather driving tips visit eugene-or.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5395

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.