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Changeable winter weather hits the South Willamette Valley

Karen Richards
File photo of a snowy road.

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To see a list of closures and cancellations for Friday, Dec. 23, visit this story: Winter weather closings and delays for Friday, Dec. 23

Information for Thursday, Dec. 22:

As of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, KLCC has received information about the following weather-related closures.

Benton County Circuit Court closed at 3 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed on Friday.

Springfield City Hall, Springfield Public Library, and Springfield Municipal Court closed at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Springfield City Hall, Springfield Public Library, and Springfield Municipal Court will have a delayed start time and open at 10 a.m. on Friday.

All state offices in Lane, Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop Counties will be closed all day Thursday, and are scheduled to re-open at noon on Friday. This includes all DMV field offices in the affected counties.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem closed at 3 p.m. Thursday and will be closed all day Friday.

All locations of Linn-Benton Community College closed at noon Thursday. The college said remote services, where available, will continue on their regularly scheduled hours.

All locations of Lane Community College closed at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Lane Council of Governments closed at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Willamette Family:
- Rapid Access Center closed at 3:30 PM.
-The Hub on Hwy 99 closed at 3:30 PM.
- Health Clinic closed at 3:30 PM.
- Springfield (Centennial) location closed at 3:30 PM, except for UA services.
- UA services at the Springfield (Centennial) location open until 5:00 PM.
- Outpatient night groups are canceled.
- Child Development Center closed at 3:30 PM.
- Transportation Services limited to emergency transport only.
- All other services are unchanged.

Lane County District Attorney's Juvenile office at 2727 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd closed at 12 noon Thursday.

Willamalane: Bob Keefer Center closes at 5 p.m. Splash! closed at 3 p.m. Families should pick up students in childcare programs as soon as possible.

LRAPA offices closed at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Original story:

There’s some tricky weather on tap for holiday travelers in the South Willamette Valley over the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from noon Thursday to 7:00am Friday.

Andy Bryant is a forecaster with the agency. He told KLCC, “We have fairly high confidence that we’ll see some winter storm conditions. And the two things with that that we’re highlighting are the potential for some snow, mainly on Thursday, and then also potential for freezing rain.”

Bryant said areas north of Eugene, including Salem, may see a longer period of freezing rain, lasting well into Friday.

Frigid temperatures are predicted Wednesday night. And the cold is expected to hold, with Thursday’s highs in the low 30s. By Friday morning, Bryant said temperatures will moderate in the Eugene / Springfield area. But he warned, areas farther north will take longer to warm up.

Very cold temperatures and freezing rain are forecasted for Thursday in the South Willamette Valley. But Bryant said he expects a thaw on Friday, at which point there may be other weather events to keep track of. “Right now we’re focused on this winter weather and cold temperatures that we’re dealing with," he told KLCC, "but in a few days we may be talking about concerns about heavy rain and flood potential.”

Bryant said it may be a very wet weekend with rain continuing into next week. Even in Central Oregon, where temperatures are expected to be in the teens through Thursday night, snow should change to freezing rain on Friday, and temperatures are predicted to be above freezing in Bend by Friday afternoon, and stay there through the weekend.

Bryant said anyone traveling for the holiday weekend should pay attention to Trip Check dot com as road conditions may be very different in other parts of the state.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.