Corvallis, Albany hit hard by snow

Credit: Kyle Iboshi/KGW

A rollover Friday morning on I-5 near Ankeny Hill south of Salem.


by Michael Rollins, Staff

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 12:02 PM

ALBANY -- A Friday snowstorm shut down mid-Willamette Valley school districts and brought freeway traffic to a crawl from Salem to Eugene.

Classes were canceled in Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Jefferson. Yamhill County districts also shut down. Oregon State shut down at noon, and the City of Corvallis closed for all but essential services for the afternoon. 

Oregon State Police sent out a warning to motorists to avoid I-5 from Salem to Eugene due to multiple accidents. A semi slideout closed Oregon 126 between Florence and Eugene.

Near the Southern Oregon community of Azalea, an ODOT de-icer truck was struck by out-of-control motorists.

Salem parent Alisha Trusselo said she was appalled that classes were not canceled. She drove her kids to school and saw a bus with children sliding. She herself slid into a curb.

An official at her child's school said the district would determine later in the day whether to close.

"By the time they call it, it's going to be so dangerous for parents to come get their kids, and buses to send them home," she said.

Friday morning, the district had only listed a guide to how parents can find out about closures, no reasoning for why they remained open.