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Winter weather closings and delays for Friday, Dec. 23

Highway sign that says "slow" and "ice."
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An ice-covered street in Keizer, OR on Thursday evening. Wintry conditions made travel hazardous across much of Oregon overnight.

Wintry weather is affecting much of Oregon.

In the southern Willamette Valley, the National Weather Service has issued an "Ice Storm Warning" that's in effect until 3p.m. Friday. Further north, the agency has issued a "Winter Storm Warning" until 4p.m. Friday afternoon.

On Thursday evening, numerous accidents were reported throughout the Eugene area and officials asked people to stay home if at all possible.

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Ice coated vehicles in much of western Oregon Thursday evening.

“The best place to be right now is home and off the roads,” said Lane County Road Maintenance Manager Orin Schumacher on Thursday evening. “We can’t stress enough how dangerous the roads are tonight and how important it is that people stay home.”

Meanwhile, LTD suspended service on all routes on Thursday evening due to the weather. The agency estimates that bus service will resume at 11 a.m. Friday. Updates will be posted on the "Service Alerts" page on the LTD website.

For the latest road conditions, visit ODOT's website: tripcheck.com

With the holidays, most schools and some government agencies were already scheduled to be closed Friday. Those previously-scheduled closures are not noted here.

This is a list of weather-related closures and cancellations for Friday, Dec. 23 as compiled by KLCC staff.

This post was last updated at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Benton County Circuit Court will be closed Friday. All other Benton County offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday.

Linn County Circuit Court will be closed Friday. Linn County offices in the courthouse will be open 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. on Friday.

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

The City of Eugene has declared an "ice/snow emergency" until further notice. The emergency means "all vehicles must be removed immediately from designated snow emergency routes."

The University of Oregon's Eugene campus will be closed on Friday.

All state offices in Lane, Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop Counties will be closed on Friday. This includes all DMV field offices in the affected counties.

All states offices in the Salem and Portland metro areas will be closed Friday.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem will be closed all day Friday.

Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center:
-Corvallis Clinic — OPEN ON 3-HOUR DELAY on Friday.
-Newport Clinic — CLOSED on Friday.
-Eugene Clinic — OPEN on 3-HOUR DELAY on Friday.

Willamette Family:
- Child Development Center will open at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
- Morning outpatient groups at all locations will start at 10:00 a.m. Friday.
- Transportation Services will fully resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
- All other services are unchanged.

All transit services in the city of Albany, including the Linn-Benton Loop, are canceled until 11 a.m. Friday.

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments: Offices in Albany and Toledo are closed Friday. This includes services that require transportation like Ride Line and Meals on Wheels. Office staff will be working remotely.

The Following updates are from 5:30 a.m., December 23.

The City of Eugene says significant ice accumulations overnight and freezing temperatures have allowed hazardous conditions to persist into this morning. People are still urged to stay home until conditions improve.

Many Eugene roads, especially neighborhood and side streets, remain covered in ice. Stopping and turning is especially challenging.

Crews are focused on priority routes, meaning Eugene’s busier streets.

30th Avenue remains closed between Hilyard and I-5. Last night, there were multiple stalled & rolled vehicles along that road.

The City of Eugene is delaying the opening of public offices and facilities until 10 this morning. 9-1-1, Fire and Emergency Services will continue to operate as usual. This also means that Community Centers, Libraries, and administrative offices will open at 10 a.m.

Lane County Circuit Court has a 2 hour delay. Court will open at 10 a.m. People with 8:30 or 9:30 hearings should arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Willamalane facilities, administrative offices, camps, and programs will open at 10 a.m. Splash! will open at 11 a.m.

All Lane County Waste Management transfer sites, except for the Florence location, are operating on a 2 hour delay.

The Benton Area Transit morning runs for Coast to Valley Express and 99 Express are canceled this morning.

Icy roads plague all of Linn County this morning. Linn County Courthouse is closed. The Linn County Sheriff’s office is asking all drivers to stay home if at all possible.

Benton County offices are closed today, except for essential services.

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