Eugene last registered above freezing on Wednesday, December 4.
Then Friday, December 6, happened: a forecast 1 to 3 inches of snow manifested as 8 inches down to the valley floor. | Photos of the December 6 snow
Temperatures plunged to record lows, preserving the fluffy stuff - and freezing civilization in place.
First Sunday night, then Monday night, then again Tuesday, school districts across the region made the unusual call to cancel the next day's classes a day ahead of time. | Current School Closures & Delays
On Wednesday night, many districts did it again. The three metro districts in town - Eugene, Springfield and Bethel - held off until early Thursday morning to make the call.
But again: No school.
So far, the December 6 snowfall has claimed 5 school days, give or take an in-service day or normal day off, depending on the district.
Residents in Springfield will have to pay 9.5 percent more for water next year.
The Springfield Utility Board voted to raise the rates at a meeting Wednesday night.
When Betty Else heard her heating system making strange noises, she knew she had to act fast. While she only had to wait a few days for repairs, many Lane County residents are being forced to wait much longer.
Repair experts say the majority of furnace issues they’ve seen have to do with frozen drain lines or backup heating systems failing.
With the lingering snowfall closing down schools, daycare and childcare services have been busy looking after an increased number of kids.
To combat the onset of cabin fever among the children, the YMCA's youth development director Holly Anderson has been working with caretakers to organize arts and crafts projects, dancing, swimming lessons and short snow excursions.
Debra Schwarz has been stuck living out of a tent since last week’s snow storm.
The Texan returns to her home state of Oregon periodically to sell blankets.
Normally, she is able to stay with relatives outside of Eugene.
However, last Thursday, her truck broke down along West 11th Avenue.
While many schools on Wednesday declared late starts or even closures for Thursday, the three largest local school districts - Eugene, Springfield and Bethel - said they would evaluate the situation on Thursday morning before making any decisions.
With snow melting and refreezing overnight and freezing rain possibly in Thursday's forecast, Eugene Police said they would like to remind drivers to be very careful on the roadways.
A man fractured his lower leg in a logging accident Wednesday evening in a remote area off of Quartz Creek Road.
Freezing fog in the Willamette Valley and snow that has stubbornly stuck amidst sub-freezing temperatures claimed another school day Wednesday, the fourth day off for some districts since snow fell last Friday.
Warren Colvin hasn't had water for more than a day.
His pipes froze - and then burst.
Luckily, he did have water during the height of the snowstorm.
He noticed the problem while getting the newspaper.
"I heard a noise coming out of the well house that was not right," he said. "I walked over, opened the door and water was spraying everywhere."
Colvin is not alone.
Petersen's Plumbing is getting around 300 calls per day.