I-5 re-opens after snow forced closure; expect delays

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - Severe winter weather closed more than 20 miles of Interstate 5 on Thursday in southern Oregon.

I-5 was closed much of the day from Canyonville south towards Grants Pass, a 23-mile stretch of the West Coast freeway.

State officials responded to areas of heavy snow and disabled vehicles on the roadway.

Even after the road re-opened early evening, ODOT officials said drivers should expect delays.

Several crews with graders and plows were brought in from surrounding towns to help clear the road, officials said.

Severe weather also forced Oregon and California transportation officials to require chains on Siskiyou Summit near the border. Chains may also be required along other stretches of I-5.

Officials recommend all drivers be prepared for delays and carry and emergency kit.

On Thursday morning, Highway 6 over the Coast Range was closed near the summit in Tillamook County after several vehicles got stuck in the snow along the road.

Two commercial trucks got stuck and had to be towed out, according to an Oregon State Police official. Earlier in the morning, a tanker truck also crashed in the snow and spilled about 100 gallons of diesel.

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