Few problems reported on snowy morning

Despite heavy snow in some parts of the valley, emergency crews report few serious problems this morning.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews have plowed, sanded and deiced highways, but officials caution that roads are still slippery and people should take their time traveling. Northbound Interstate 5, which was closed Sunday at about 8 p.m. by numerous weather-related crashes, reopened at 12:30 a.m. today, ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said.

Chains are required on all vehicles on the Siskiyou Pass and on large and towing vehicles on Sexton Pass and Smith Hill to the north on I-5. Drivers of large vehicles and those towing must use chains on Highway 140 and Highway 66, too.

School closures have kept many people home and off the roads, but minor accidents were reported across the Rogue Valley, fire departments said. No serious injuries were reported.

In Ashland a snow-laden tree fell onto a house and cars at the corner of Morton and Blaine streets Sunday, causing significant damage, Ashland Fire and Rescue Capt. Bob Cockle said. No one was injured. Public works and utility crews worked through the night to clear roads and restore power after outages Sunday evening.

In Medford, sanders from the public works department labored through the night. The only road closure in Medford this morning is McAndrews Road between Hillcrest and Tamarack, said Brice Perkins, public works operations superintendent.

Pacific Power reported scattered power outages in Jackson County, but more serious problems in Douglas County, where 2,000 customers in the Sutherlin area are without electricity.

— Anita Burke

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