Low-elevation snow arrives in W. Oregon; roads clear in valley; snowy in mountains

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Low-elevation snow arrived in western Oregon mostly as expected Tuesday morning, bringing a dusting to a half inch of snow in Salem, Eugene and other Mid-Willamette Valley cities while dropping considerably more in the foothills and mountains.

Most roads remained warm enough to avoid sticking snow and traffic is largely not impacted in the Portland, Salem and Eugene corridor on Interstate 5. South Salem gained about a half-inch of snow and there is some roadside snow along I-5.

Wet flurries are forecast in the higher elevations of Willamette Valley cities and the foothills until about 10 a.m., but should then warm up beyond any sticking snow, except at the highest elevations in town.

There is more roadside snow and some sticking snow along highways into the Coast Range and Cascades. Highway 22 in Mill City has some sticking snow on roadways, likely leading to slippery conditions, around 1,000 feet.

Snow is having a bigger impact on Oregon’s mountain roads above 1,200 feet, especially near towns such as Detroit east of Salem and McKenzie Bridge east of Eugene.


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