Coldest night in Eugene since December 1972
EUGENE, Ore. - It is a record.
And it's not just cold: it's just shy of the coldest.
The temperature fell to -7 degrees F just after 11 p.m. Saturday next, besting the record low of -6 set on December 7, 1972.
The mercury kept on going overnight, hitting -10 early Sunday morning. That's short of a record - December 8, 1972, saw -12 F, the all-time coldest temperature on record for Eugene.
But 10 below zero is the second coldest temperature for Eugene since record keeping started in the 1890s.
EUGENE, Ore. - It's not a record.
But it sure is cold.
The Eugene Airport registered 3 degrees F just before 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
That's the coldest temperature recorded in Eugene since December 11, 1972.
The cold snap of 1972 set record lows: December 7 was 6 below; December 8 saw 12 below - the coldest temperature since weather-record keeping started in Eugene back in 1892.
The temperature was forecast to fall overnight below zero by early Sunday morning.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Forecasters predict that Oregon will see its coldest night in over 40 years as many cities are still reeling from Friday's snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow across the southern Willamette Valley.
The day of snow made for slick driving conditions in Oregon and southwest Washington. While the precipitation is considered over, officials say an extreme cold snap will set in.
The National Weather Service said the potentially record-setting low temperatures will move into the region Saturday night, and will be made worse by wind and clear skies. In their special weather statement, officials said "this will be the coldest night since 1972."
Forecasters predict thermometers will drop into the single-digits overnight in areas still covered with snow like Eugene and Corvallis. Daytime highs will only make it to the upper 20s and low 30s.
The weather service says that people should dress in adequate clothing and minimize exposure if they plan to be outside.
The Egan Warming Centers are expected to stay open through Monday, giving homeless people a safe place to escape the cold.
Officials also ask that everyone's pets or livestock have a warm, dry shelter with food and fresh, unfrozen water.
Oregon State University announced its Corvallis campus would close at 12 p.m. Friday due to snow.
In Eugene, the University of Oregon announced classes would be suspended at 2 p.m. - Snow Closure List
The Eugene Police Department said people shouldn't drive: "Unless travel is essential, the Sheriff's Office is recommending that citizens stay home."
The Oregon Department of Transportation implemented a chain requirement on Interstate 5 after several reported crashes. Drivers still need to chain up if they are traveling on the interstate south of Eugene.
In southern Douglas County, a state de-icing truck and several vehicles were involved in a crash when passing cars lost control. No injuries were reported.
The Weather Service said that snowfall in Eastern Oregon would likely affect traffic on Interstate 84, often closed for stretches in the winter, especially as it passes through the Blue Mountains south of Pendleton.