Mother Nature again extends winter break for Eugene 4J students
EUGENE, Ore. - Students in the Eugene 4J School District haven't attended classes since December 14, the day a storm coated the region in a half inch to an inch of ice.
The storm damaged hundreds of trees. Tens of thousands of people found themselves without power in the midst of freezing weather.
The district canceled the last two days of classes before winter break December 15 and December 16 as the region dealt with the aftermath.
And school officials made tentative plans to make up those missed days - next June.
Meanwhile, classes were scheduled to resume Wednesday, January 4.
Enter the snowstorm: No school January 4.
And with temperatures below freezing and roads slick with snow and ice, the district - along with many other school districts across southwestern Oregon - again canceled classes on Thursday, January 5.
So will the "longest winter break ever" come to an end Friday, January 6?
Or will the first day of school in 2017 be pushed off until Monday, January 9?
Eugene 4J and the metro area's other 2 largest districts - Springfield and Bethel - typically make that call early the morning of, so stay tuned Friday morning for the latest Eugene-area school closures and delays.