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Snow a problem for southbound holiday travelers

CANYONVILLE — A 33-mile stretch of Interstate 5 was closed for almost seven hours Thursday between Canyonville and Hugo in Josephine County because of severe winter weather.

All lanes of the interstate were opened around 7 p.m. But with more snow in the forecast above 2,000 feet for the weekend, the Oregon Department of Transportation warned southbound drivers to allow extra time for traveling.

“Everything is moving well at this point as long as people are prepared. Everything is open as long as people take it easy and are ready for winter driving conditions,” ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said today.

Drivers, except for those with four-wheel drive vehicles, were required to carry chains this morning between Canyonville at Milepost 99 and Hugo at Milepost 66.

Leaming said California highway crews are struggling to keep the interstate clear between Weed and Redding in Northern California. Officials this morning were not allowing trucks to drive south of Ashland.

Roseburg received 1.44 inches of rain Thursday, bringing the yearly total to 39.78 inches, which is 6 inches above normal.

Diamond Lake Resort in eastern Douglas County reported this morning that 21 inches of snow had fallen in the previous 24 hours at 5,200 feet elevation.

The forecast calls for more rain for the Roseburg area today and Saturday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow at higher elevations throughout the weekend.

Snow accumulation today above 2,000 feet could be 2 to 3 inches, with another 1 or 2 inches accumulating.

Douglas Electric Cooperative reported power outages today to 68 customers in the Upper Camas Valley area and 14 customers in Lookingglass. Spokesman Todd Munsey said power should be restored to Lookingglass midafternoon today and that there is no time estimate for power restoration in the Camas Valley area.


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The News-Review Updated Dec 21, 2012 11:41AM Published Dec 23, 2012 01:23PM Copyright 2012 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.