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Low elevation snow causing travel difficulties

An ODOT traffic camera shows wintry conditions on Hwy 126 west of Veneta.
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An ODOT traffic camera shows wintry conditions on Hwy 126 west of Veneta.

Low elevation snow is causing travel difficulties in parts of Oregon. Oregon Highway 126 was closed for several hours Monday morning due to a crash west of Noti, but has now re-opened. Traffic cameras showed snow-covered pavement in the area. Snow is also impacting travel on several mountain passes along I-5 in southwest Oregon.

On Monday morning, snow was falling in parts of Eugene and Corvallis, but was not impacting travel in those cities. The National Weather Service is not predicting significant snowfall on the valley floor, but says snow could mix with rain several times through the week in lower elevations.

The Eugene Public Works Department is closely monitoring the forecast and is prepared to clear roads of snow and ice, according to a press release from the City of Eugene.

Drivers are urged to use caution and to view latest road conditions by visiting ODOT’s website, tripcheck.com.

The weather is causing some cancellations and early closures. The list includes:
Blachly, Fern Ridge, Mapleton, and Crow-Applegate Loraine schools are all on a two-hour delays Tuesday.

Alsea School District is dismissing two hours early on Monday, with all after-school and evening activities canceled.
Florence Senior Meals site will be closed on Monday.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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