[UPDATE 4:45 P.M.] While the Oregon Department of Transportation now says Interstate 5 between Canyonville and Hugo (exits 99-33) is expected to reopen shortly. Even with the reopening, travelers should expect delays and congestion as the back up will take time to clear.
[UPDATE 3:30 P.M.] The Oregon Department of Transportation said Interstate 5 remains closed between Canyonville and Hugo between Exits 99-66, where heavy snow continues to fall.
ODOT said multiple crews with plows and graders have been brought in from Drain/Yoncalla and Central Point to assist Grants Pass crews. Travelers should expect lengthy delays and chain requirements when it is reopened.
[UPDATE: 2:00 P.M.] I-5 north of Grants Pass, Exit 66 – 99, is closed, northbound and southbound. ODOT bringing in an extra plow. A rough estimate time to re-open the roads is around 5 p.m.
Here are the school closures reported today due to weather:
Rogue River School District announced they have decided to close both of their schools December 21, 2012 due to weather conditions. The schools will not re-open until January 7, 2013.
From Grants Pass: “As a result of the increasing snow fall and deteriorating weather conditions, Grants Pass School District 7 announces that all District 7 events scheduled for this evening are cancelled including, holiday concerts, team practices and any non-District 7 events. Please note that all schools will complete their regular schedules with regular school release and bus pick up times today.”
From College of the Siskiyous: “Due to the severe weather conditions, the College of the Siskiyous Weed and Yreka Campuses will be closing at 5 p.m. Any evening finals at/after 5 p.m. are cancelled. Both campuses will also be CLOSED Friday, December 21. The college will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.”
Port Orford/Langlois School District is operating on a late Monday schedule.
Prospect Charter School is closing early at 12:30 p.m. Buses will take kids home.