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Oregon Impacted by Severe Weather

Highway and public transportation updates along with other information to help you stay safe...

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The following is a rundown of emergency information provided by Oregon agencies in the Salem area. The information is presented as a service from We suggest double checking information you glean here as it is constantly changing.


Health Share of Oregon: Health Share of Oregon's Community Advisory Council meeting, scheduled for today, Friday, December 6 at 12:30pm, has been cancelled due to the severe weather conditions in the Tri-County area.

Salem Health: Clinics at Parkside Clinic at 966 12th Street SE, River Road South Clinic at 2925 River Road South, Edgewater clinic at 1049 Edgewater St. NW
 are closed. UPDATE

Police & Fire:

Oregon State Police: As of 1:12 PM this crash is a confirmed fatal crash. Previous Alert: Critical Injury Crash Highway 30 near milepost 66 west of Clatskanie. Crash involves a single vehicle. Emergency responders are on scene and the road is completely blocked. No further information for release. Traffic updates check UPDATE


Chain requirements remain in effect on I-5 in three counties‏

Chain requirements remain in effect for parts of Douglas, Lane, and Linn Counties as ODOT crews continue to pave and sand the highway through the night. Vehicles larger than 10,000 pounds GVW must use chains to travel between mileposts 154 to 244.

Vehicles smaller than 10,000 pounds GVW may use traction tires in place of chains. Today's heavy snowfall, combined with the subfreezing temperatures, have created a snow pack that can not be removed in a single night.

With additional resources from neighboring ODOT Districts less affected by the storm, ODOT crews will work 24 hours per day to remove the snow and ice and restore the highway to bare pavement.

Motorists traveling I-5 this weekend should be prepared to experience snow and ice conditions and carry traction devices. Monitor TripCheck-dot-com for updated chain requirements.

Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit: Cherriots routes 1, 6 (major snow route), 8, 12, 14, 22 and 23 are on snow routes. Route 12 is not stopping at Capitol Manor. Route 21 is not running. For more information, go to or call (503) 588-2877. UPDATED AT 5:18 p.m.


OR 22 five miles east of OR 18 is open following a multi vehicle crash earlier in the day. UPDATE

Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 30 is closed in both directions 4 miles west of Clatskanie (milepost 65.5) in Columbia Columbia following a single vehicle crash. Fire/Medics and State Police have the road closed to do a reconstruction which could take several hours. A detour is in place for non-trucks using Schroeder Road to Colvin Road. Expect delays. UPDATE

A multiple vehicle crash has closed OR 22 in both directions near Buell about 5 miles east of the junction with OR 18. Motorists should avoid the area, find an alternative route or expect long delays. UPDATE

Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 30 is open to one lane of traffic west of Clatskanie following a serious crash. Traffic is being flagged through one lane. Please use caution. Expect delays. UPDATE


OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.) is closed approximately 10 miles east of Pleasant Hill in Lane County (MP 14), following multiple crashes and spin-outs. Motorists should avoid the area or anticipate delays. OR 126 is still closed 4 miles east of Mapleton in Lane County. A semi that had overturned is slowly being towed to the west. However, the highway will remain closed until approximately 1:45 p.m. to allow snow plows and sanders time to make the road passable.


City of Salem: Roads are becoming slick in the Salem area, especially in portions of South Salem and West Salem. All roads are open at this time but motorists are advised to avoid travel unless necessary and to allow extra time to reach your destination.

Public Colleges & Universities:

Oregon State University: Closing at noon

Western Oregon University: Campus closed at noon today for inclement weather. All classes and activities canceled. Tonight's Holiday Tree Lighting is postponed to Sunday; visit for updated details on the event as they come.

Chemeketa Community College: All afternoon and evening classes at all locations are cancelled. All campuses and centers will close at 2 PM. UPDATE

Private Colleges & Universities:

Concordia University: FRIDAY CHRISTMAS CHORAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED - ALL OTHER EVENTS OCCURING ON SCHEDULE/Offices closed/Library closed at 7PM/Classes cancelled UPDATE

Corban University: Salem campus closed. No afternoon or evening activities.

Marion & Polk Co. Schools:

Salem-Keizer Sch. Dist.: All afternoon Kindergarten and Preschool classes are cancelled today due to inclement weather. Update: All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled. UPDATE

Linn Co. Schools: Sweet Home Sch. Dist.: Closed - All athletic events canceled. UPDATE

North Santiam Sch. Dist. (Stayton): Buses will run on snow routes at dismissal time. PM Kindergarten and after school programs will be cancelled. UPDATE

Yamhill Co. Schools:

McMinnville Sch. Dist.: Afternoon and evening activities canceled

Willamina Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE

Private & Charter Schools - Salem area:

Crosshill Christian (Turner/Keizer): School will remain open but all after school care and activities are cancelled after 3:00 pm. Parents can to pick up their students anytime. Willamette Valley Christian (Brooks): Closing at noon. Supervision available for those who can't pick up their elem.-high school students until 3:00 and daycare will be open until 4:00.


Spirit Mountain Casino: Due to inclement weather all shuttle buses are canceled for this evening.

Cancellation of Collection Sites for Leaf Haul‏

Due to weather and traffic concerns, the City of Salem will not open two collection sites for Saturday's annual Leaf Haul. The two sites that that have been cancelled are Sprague High School and Wallace Marine Park. The only site that will be available is the Oregon State Fairgrounds (enter off Lana Ave). The hours will remain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Message boards will be posted at the closed sites to inform residents to take their leaves to the Fairgrounds location.

Sources: Oregon Dept of Transportation and other agencies.

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