Vacation Travel & Weather Updates in Lane County & Oregon


Snow in the Willamette Valley seems more likely in the days after Christmas and travel is expected to be difficult throughout the holidays as snowy weather moves through Oregon and the Pacific Northwest making it icy and potentially dangerous roads.

Snow this weekend seems more likely in Eugene than further north in Salem or Portland, National Weather Service meteorologist John Bumgardner said.

Bumgardner said the weekend would likely be a “winter mess.”

“The temperature is going to fluctuate a lot,” he said.

“We can go from snow Sunday morning to a little rain or all the rain Sunday afternoon and then back to snow that night.”

According to Bumgardner, the chance of at least an inch of snow is between 80 and 90 percent by Monday, and the chance of 4 inches or more of accumulating by Monday is over 65 percent.

The snow level is expected to drop from 1,000 feet to 600 feet after midnight Sunday.

Check here for the latest updates on weather and traffic conditions you might encounter this holiday weekend.

3:20 p.m. Thursday: Dense fog on I-5 as it approaches the California border

Dense fog was reported on Interstate 5 near Siskiyou, north of the California border, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check.

The Willamette Valley, the mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and central, southern, and eastern Oregon are all likely to experience varying degrees of snow and freezing temperatures over the three-day weekend and the following week, ODOT officials said in a statement Thursday afternoon. .

Travelers must be prepared for dangerous winter conditions.

Use tripcheck.com to stay up to date with the latest road conditions.

-Salem Statesman’s Journal

Thursday 3:15 p.m .: Portland and Multnomah County issue emergency declarations

Agencies in the Portland metro area are busy preparing for the snow and freezing temperatures expected next week.

In a press conference Thursday, Multnomah County President Deborah Kafoury declared a state of emergency for the county which will last from Friday to January 3.

“This will give us the maximum capacity to plan, contract and seek additional resources during what could be a very long cold snap extending into the New Year,” Kafoury said.

“According to the latest forecast, our region is facing an extended period of snow and freezing temperatures, starting this weekend and getting worse next week. These are conditions that present a high risk of danger to our neighbors who survive outside without shelter. “

Likewise, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared an emergency for Portland, from 8 a.m. Friday until December 31.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland are preparing to open winter weather shelters on Christmas Day.

– Salem Statesman’s Journal

2 p.m., Thursday: Eugène announces warming, shelter breakdown

The town of Eugene has announced that some public buildings and community centers will be open to provide shelter this weekend, if people need a warm, dry place to go or if blackouts occur.

The downtown Eugene, Bethel and Sheldon public libraries will be open during regular hours, except December 25 and January 1 for holidays. The downtown Eugène library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Branches of the Sheldon and Bethel libraries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The city also noted that several community centers will be opened where people facing power outages are encouraged to visit. They are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, but will be closed on Friday December 24 and Friday December 31 due to public holidays.

  • Amazon Center, 2700 Hilyard St.
  • Campbell Community Center, 155 High Street.
  • Hilyard Community Center, 2580, rue Hilyard
  • Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Road.
  • Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Road

People are also encouraged to take shelter with friends and family who have the power.

– Jordyn Brown

1 p.m., Thursday: safety precautions

The freezing temperatures are expected to last a week or more, and the Oregon Emergency Management Office is asking people to prepare for what’s to come.

“Winter storms mean an increased risk for those who travel as well as those who stay home for vacations. It is essential that all Oregon residents are empowered to do their part for themselves, their families and their community to stay safe, ”said Matt Marheine, deputy director of the OEM.

If you need help, call these numbers:

  • For non-emergency assistance, dial * 677 from a mobile phone or call 800-442-2068.
  • Call or text 211 for help with health and social services and general information.
  • Dial 511 or visit tripcheck.com for travel updates.
  • Text-to-911 helps people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have limited speech abilities, as well as anyone who is unable to speak due to an emergency.

Safety tips for home heating:

  • Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by generators, grills, camping stoves, and other gasoline, propane, natural gas, and charcoal appliances. Do not use them inside homes or other enclosed spaces, and keep devices away from doors and vents.
  • Electric shocks and fires are also threats when using alternative heating sources. Be aware of the condition and location of use of heaters, as well as safe operating procedures.

Communicate during outages:

  • To report a power outage, residents can call EWEB at 844-484-2300 and call 541-682-4800 to report downed trees or road problems.
  • Snow, ice and wind can damage cell phone towers, disrupting cell phones and Internet access.
  • Use a battery-powered radio to listen to public broadcast stations for status updates.
  • Blackouts can be widespread and power may not be restored for some time.
  • Communicate with family and neighbors to ask who needs help and get them the help they need.

Limit exposure and know where to find warming centers:

  • Many counties in Oregon are setting up heated shelters. Eagan Warming Centers in Lane County are currently inactive. Get updates at eganwarmingcenter.com.
  • When it is necessary to be outside, limit the exposure time and wear warm layers.

Previous coverage:Egan Warming Centers season begins as temperatures drop, calling for more hospitality and help sites

  • Know the signs to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. They include chills, exhaustion, confusion, clumsy hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults, and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.

Protect the animals :

  • Keep animals indoors when the temperature drops. If they are outside for some reason, make sure they are protected in a dry, draft-free shelter and regularly check the water bowl to make sure the water is not. jelly.
  • Eliminate common poisons like antifreeze and de-icing salt.

– Adam Duvernay

1 p.m. Thursday: Travel advice

Preparing for winter ahead makes traveling safer and easier.

AAA Oregon / Idaho urges drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Here are the AAA’s top four tips for cold weather preparation:

  • Check your vehicle’s battery: Dead batteries are the number one reason people call AAA during a cold snap.
  • Have good traction: Equip your car with the right snow tires or transport chains or tire socks – and know how to put them on.
  • Know how to go on ice and snow: A common mistake people make when driving on slippery roads is to go too fast for the road conditions.
  • Don’t leave without an emergency kit in your car: Even a normally short trip can take hours in winter weather, so have provisions for long delays.

– Adam Duvernay

An Oregon Department of Transportation snowplow turns around on Highway 20 east of Springfield on Friday, December 17, 2021.

1 p.m. Thursday: How the city of Eugene is preparing

Eugene Public Works is asking people to review emergency roads designated for snow before winter so they can avoid parking vehicles on these roads.

When the city declares an ice / snow emergency, people must immediately remove all vehicles from the designated snow emergency routes. The city’s ice and snow ordinance prohibits parking along streets designated as emergency snow roads in an emergency.

When temperatures are near or below freezing, personnel will pre-treat raised surfaces and known hot spots with a defroster.

If there is a significant amount of snow and ice, Public Works will execute its ice / snow plan. The plan is designed to keep transportation systems as operational and safe as possible during ice / snow storms.

– Adam Duvernay

10:30 am Thursday: filling of the PDX car park

Flights to PDX are generally on time so far. The parking lots are starting to fill up. The economic land is 85% full, the long-term garage is 62% full and the short-term garage is 46% full.

Airport officials recommend travelers check their flights before leaving for the airport, as weather forecasts could cause delays later in the weekend.

– Salem Statesman’s Journal

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How to travel safely in winter

The best place to find up-to-date weather information is Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the page that displays the detailed forecast at weather.gov/pqr/.

Check road conditions ahead of time and get real-time road reports at tripcheck.com from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Recommended vehicle equipment includes snow tires or chains and emergency supplies, including:

  • Additional gas
  • Blankets
  • Shovel
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery or hand crank radio and NOAA weather radio with audible alert
  • Flash light
  • First aid kit
  • Additional batteries
  • Whistle (to ask for help)
  • Wet wipes, garbage bags and plastic clips (for personal hygiene)
  • Wrench or pliers (to deactivate utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Mobile phone with chargers and back-up battery

– Salem Statesman’s Journal

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