Chains required south of Eugene on snow-packed I-5

EUGENE, Ore. -- Crews are still working to clear Interstate 5 of packed snow and ice in central and southern Oregon after a December storm dropped a blanket of snow on the southern Willamette Valley.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Saturday that chains are still required for drivers using I-5 in parts of Lane, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson Counties.

After plowing and sanding along I-5 through the night, ODOT crews reached bare pavement on the interstate in Linn County. Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation said that a significant portion of northern Lane County has also been cleared.

Drivers are asked to chain up in Lane County just north of Eugene.

ODOT said that traction tires are allowed in place of chains on vehicles under 10,000 GVW, however any vehicle towing something must use chains.

City police departments are urging drivers to avoid driving around town without proper traction as the packed snow on many of the city streets re-froze with overnight temperatures dipping into the low teens.

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