Snow snarls I-5 between Eugene and Salem

EUGENE, Ore. - Winter weather snarled traffic on Interstate 5 between Eugene and Salem on Friday morning as snow fell across the region.

Oregon State Police said motorists should seek alternate routes or face delays.

Police encourage all motorists to drive cautiously and plan ahead for winter weather driving conditions.

Due to numerous crashes on I-5 in Linn County, ODOT implemented chain requirements for most vehicles traveling I-5 through Linn County.

ODOT is also urging motorists to consider an alternate north/south route or to be ready to encounter congestion, crashes and delays.

I-5 reopened south of Cottage Grove at 8 a.m. following a semi fire. Both northbound lanes are open; one southbound lane is open as crews remove the burned semi. Drivers should expect delays as traffic backups clear.

There is a lot of snow in the area. Chains are required if your vehicle is rated 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) or less and is towing, Oregon DOT said. You must use chains on any single drive axle vehicle rated over 10,000 pounds GVW whether towing or not.