1/2 inch of snow possible to valley floor overnight
EUGENE, Ore. - The 75 trees on her property near Crow survived the storm but left Ardeane Gates with a few downed limbs to clean up.
"What a mess," she told KVAL News. "Lots of work to do."
A windstorm battered western Oregon with sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts over 40 mph - including a doozy on Mary's Peak that recorded at 101 mph.
A branch damaged a bed and breakfast in downtown Eugene.
And countless twigs and trees kept utility companies working through the night to restore power.
Gates was one of the Lane Electric Co-Op customers who spent the night in the dark. The utility put its command center into operations, coordinating efforts to restore power.
"We will try and do everything we can to get those cleared and restored in preparation, in case we have another storm," said Dave D'Avanzo with Lane Electric.
"Until it's all back on," said Deanna Caswell in the command center. "That's what we do."
Lane County Public Works attached the snow plows to sanding trucks to prepare for the weather.
"I have a few crew members that were getting the plows on this morning, getting everything prepped," said Darrell Randall with Lane County Public Works.
"This truck went to McKenzie Bridge this morning," Randall said Monday.
Public works didn't find any snow out there, but they will be out there again Tuesday.
Randall said drivers need to be safe. "If there is any set of conditions that you think you may be sliding in and you have a set of chains, it is better to put them on."
He said there is a trick to know if the conditions are icy and slick on the roads. "If your antenna starts doing the hula, it means there is ice on one side. It is starting to freeze out there."
Oregon State Police said chains may not be necessary around town despite the threat of snow down to the valley floor, but drivers should pay attention to advisories.
"If you go up like Highway 58 you may see a sign that says chains required, at that point you have to either carry chains or have some kind of traction device," said Sgt. Alan Gilbert with Oregon State Police. He said drivers can be fined if they don't carry traction devices. He also cautioned drivers to slow down, regardless of the speed limit. "If the speed limit is 45 and you are going 45 and you crash you can still be cited for going faster than conditions allow."