Crews Prepare Roads for Cold Weather

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Public Works crews are kind of playing the waiting game right now. They’re on stand by with sand trucks and plows if needed. But on Thursday, they were busy doing as much preparation as possible. Springfield Public Works crews worked on de-icing roads. They focused on hills, bridges and over passes, or … Continue reading »

Storm Leaves Slick Roads at Santiam Pass

NEAR SANTIAM PASS, Ore. — Chain restrictions were in place on and off throughout the day Saturday, but even when chains weren’t required, people still chained up because the roadway was completely covered in snow. As cars climbed up and over Santiam Pass, many pulled off the highway. Tire by tire, a group of musicians … Continue reading »

Ski Resort Excited for Fresh Snow

WILLAMETTE PASS — The warmer weather is behind us and mother nature made that clear with a nice blanket of snow on Willamette Pass Saturday night. Several inches have fallen this weekend and there’s still more forecasted to come. Even though the ski season hasn’t started yet, the Willamette Pass Ski Area was busy today. … Continue reading »

Ski Enthusiasts Swap Gear

EUGENE, Ore. — It hardly feels like winter outside, but perhaps this will help. It’s time for the 44th annual Eugene Ski Swap. On Thursday, ski and snowboard enthusiasts will begin dropping off goods at the Lane County Fairgrounds. The swap itself is Friday through Sunday. It’s a great way for families to score bargains … Continue reading »

Late-Season Snow Hits McKenzie Bridge

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. — It’s hard to believe temperatures in the 80s forced a lot of residents to turn on our air-conditioning just last week. Now, the snow is back. McKenzie Bridge got a dusting of snow by around noon Wednesday. “I’m never surprised when it snows here. Yeah, this is late,” said Florence resident … Continue reading »

Father, Son Found Safe near Mt. Bachelor

BEND, Ore. — A father and son were found safe near Mt. Bachelor after they were reported missing Monday. Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies say 40-year-old Eric Abney and his 13-year-old son left Sunday morning to go snowmobiling toward Mt. Bachelor. When they didn’t return, their family members called 911. Deputies found Abney’s vehicle and snowmobile … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares for Coming Storms

EUGENE, Ore. — We might see some flakes here in the Willamette Valley. The passes will be a completely different story. ODOT crews are already working to make sure the roads are as safe as can be for weekend travelers. ODOT plows filled up on sand Thursday to get ready for a big change in … Continue reading »

Drivers Battle the Snow Over the Passes

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Cascades passes were blanketed in white Monday and Tuesday. Willamette Pass got about 18 inches and Santiam Pass around 28 inches. Just last week, the area near Willamette Pass was experiencing relatively warm and dry weather, but that all changed come Sunday night when the temperatures dropped below freezing and … Continue reading »

More Valley Snow Expected

EUGENE, Ore. — A majority of Lane County woke up to white Thursday morning after a rain-snow mix covered most of the valley late Wednesday night into the morning. The snow totaled half an inch in some spots by 8 a.m. Thursday. At the passes, it nearly totaled a foot. With more wintry weather on … Continue reading »

McKenzie District Closes Schools

BLUE RIVER, Ore. — Even though plows kept Highway 126 clear of snow, most of the rural roads in the spread-out McKenzie School District were pretty treacherous Wednesday morning. That’s why administrators made the call to cancel school. Students in the McKenzie School District got a couple extra days of Winter Break. School was closed … Continue reading »

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