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Sudden Snow Closes I-5 South Of Canyonville

AP | Dec. 20, 2012 2:08 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 4:27 p.m. | Grants Pass, Oregon

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An ODOT camera on Interstate 5 near Grants Pass shows backed-up vehicles forced to stop rather than continue.

An ODOT camera on Interstate 5 near Grants Pass shows backed-up vehicles forced to stop rather than continue.

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A sudden dump of snow in southern Oregon closed a 33-mile section of Interstate 5 on Thursday, stranding untold numbers of motorists.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said the highway would be closed between Canyonville and Hugo for several hours while crews dealt with vehicles that spun out and motorists who had no chains or four-wheel drive to get through a series of three steep mountain passes.

The closure was one of a number of weather-related problems across the state as stormy weather closed a lane of I-84 in Eastern Oregon, overloaded a sewage system in the Portland area and sent landslides and high water onto coastal highways.

A landslide closed state Route 126 between Eugene and Florence.

In Astoria, the city told three households to evacuate after two large trees fell across the street.

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