Freezing rain is again coming down and creating extreme hazards on Eugene roads and sidewalks. All surfaces are slick and treacherous. People are urged to stay home if possible. If you do have to go out, leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. Eugene Police issued these driving tips.
Eugene Public Works worked through the night to clear snow and put down sand on priority 1, 2, and 3 routes. Crews were able to get to all priority routes that weren’t blocked by cars left in the road.
The focus remains on clearing roads, however there are several layers of snow and ice on the road. There are also crews on standby should the freezing rain start bringing down trees and branches.
The ice-snow emergency declaration remains in effect. The declaration bans parking on priority transportation routes and gives emergency vehicles, snow fighting equipment, and tree crews better access to the road. A map of priority routes can be found at www.eugene-or.gov/snow.
The National Weather Service has extended the forecast for freezing rain. This event is expected to last several more hours before temperatures finally climb above freezing this afternoon. An Ice Storm Warning is in effect until 4 p.m.
This storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines. The public is asked to call 541-682-4800 to report downed trees or road issues. Only call 9-1-1 for immediate life and safety emergencies. To report a power outage, call EWEB at 844-484-2300.