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Ice storm turns roads into ice skating rinks, causing crashes

Freezing rain began falling in western Oregon Saturday morning. A winter storm warning is in effect through Sunday. (SBG photo)

WINTER WEATHER RESOURCES: Traffic Conditions | Latest Forecast | Closures

EUGENE, Ore. – The predicted freezing rain storm moved into the Willamette Valley early Saturday morning causing hazardous travel conditions for motorists.

ODOT said the roadways were already very slick as of 7:45 a.m. and numerous crashes had occurred since 7 a.m.

ODOT advises travelers to stay home and off the roadway until the storm passes. If you must go out, they recommend slowing down and allowing plenty of stopping distance.

The Lane Transit District buses are running on snow routes. The following bus routes are operating on detours: 1, 24 (light snow), 27 (heavy snow), 28, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 52, 66, 67, 81, 91, 98.

In southwestern Oregon, ODOT said blowing snow and freezing rain is impacting highways, including I-5 between Oregon and California and south of Canyonville. Drivers in the area should expect delays.

Chains are required on I-5 Siskiyou Summit for all vehicles except 4x4s. Chains are required for trucks over 10K GVW and vehicles towing on OR 62 north of Trail and I-5 Sexton, Smith and Stage passes.

A winter storm warning is in effect through Sunday afternoon for most of western Oregon.

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