winter

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The big ice storm that hit the Eugene area in December 2016 proved a major challenge for local utilities. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares what EWEB learned from the experience.

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December’s first weekend will see mostly cold, soggy weather across the Pacific Northwest, with snow in the higher elevations.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, winter recreationists should enjoy the next few days. 

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Across Lane County, road crews are still cleaning up debris and damage from last December’s ice storm.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the recent heavy rains aren’t giving workers much of a break.  

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Rain and snow showers will hit the region through Wednesday, with freezing temps overnight in the later half of the week. 

Because of the slippery conditions and limited visibility, state officials urge motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary.    

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Today, the Eugene Water and Electric Board – or EWEB -- is holding an open house to let customers weigh in on their response to last month’s ice storm.

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Overnight temperatures across the Southern Willamette Valley are finally headed above the freeze point this weekend. But plumbers remain busy taking calls about frozen or shattered water pipes from residents. 

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With up to a half-inch of ice expected to accumulate on roads and trees early Saturday, utilities are bracing for a possible repeat of mid-December’s ice storm that caused significant outages.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Heavy snowfall has caused many closures across the Southern Willamette Valley and surrounding region.  This is in addition to below freezing temps in the evenings.  

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Thick drifts, blowing snow, and limited visibility have made traveling difficult -- and sometimes dangerous -- across southern Oregon.  

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After one of the most severe ice storms in decades, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is reviewing lessons learned in its response to a major outage.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Locals who’ve recently suffered storm damage to their home or business could get some tax relief.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

  

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Eugene Public Works says beginning tomorrow (12/20), its crews will begin picking up storm-related debris of trees owned by the City of Eugene.     

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With several thousand people in Eugene still without power, a Red Cross shelter at Spencer Butte Middle School will stay open longer.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Friends, officials, and homeless advocates gathered to honor the memory of Thomas Egan today, at the site of his death roughly eight years ago.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the veteran’s legacy lives on through a warming shelter service in his name.  

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Across the Eugene-Springfield area, utility companies are still sending teams of workers around the clock to to try and restore power to thousands of residents.  A Wednesday night storm froze countless trees, causing outages when branches and limbs collapsed, hitting lines.  Many more bits of debris have littered streets, sidewalks, and driveways.

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Wednesday’s freezing rain encased the region’s trees in a heavy shroud of ice…breaking off many limbs, causing outages and blocking roads.  KLCC’s Brian Bull ventured out along Spencer Butte in South Eugene and recorded some of the explosive sound late last night.

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Travelers near Florence are advised that part of Big Creek Road has been hit by a landslide.

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The first major snowstorm of the holiday season is a gift to businesses across the Oregon Cascades.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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‘Tis the season for cold, and by Friday, arctic air might mix with moisture to bring snow to the Willamette Valley.

Steve Pierce is with the American Meteorological Society. He says this week’s chilly weather has been heading our way from Alaska.

Pierce: “That’s now sliding down across the entire Willamette Valley today and will be in place by this evening. People will notice the temperatures will drop substantially tonight as colder drier air moves over the area.”

Egan Warming Center Looking for More Room

Nov 22, 2013
Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Center had to scramble Thursday to find another site. With temperatures below freezing the shelter was overwhelmed, but the vacant Parker Elementary opened its doors.

Only twice over the past five years has the Egan Center needed to move so quickly to find another place for the homeless people seeking refuge from the cold. Thursday night, one of their usual shelters was unavailable. Program Director Doug Bales says the elementary school was found through a group effort.

Winter Forecast Calls For Volatile Weather

Oct 25, 2013
OR Meteorological Society

Weather experts are gathering this weekend in Portland to give their long-range winter forecasts.
This winter has neither an El Nino nor a La Nina pattern. That is, it won't be warmer or cooler than usual. However, Steve Pierce, President of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society, says it may mean more *interesting weather:

Pierce: "The valley locations from Portland down to say Eugene and Medford can actually see some of their biggest snowfall totals during the winter. And you can also see some of the more volatile weather in these neutral years."