Snowy holiday

2012-01-16T17:45:00Z 2012-01-16T21:30:29Z Snowy holidayBy Raju Woodward, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

OSU cancels some Tuesday classes; Snow expected to continue through Wednesday, when warmer storm blows in rain

Monday presented a perfect scenario for many Corvallis students: Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the overnight snowfall, students were free to play in the snow.

At Oak Lawn Memorial Park in southwest Corvallis, children and parents sledded, made snowmen and pelted each other with snowballs. Even dogs got in on the fun.

“This is my first time sledding down here,” said 6-year old Max Davis, who was enjoying playing with his cousins Josephine and Calvin Johnson. “I was going pretty fast. I made it all the way down there.”

All three children attend Adams Elementary School. They were watched by Becky Johnson, Josephine and Calvin’s mother.

“It’d be nice if we didn’t have to go to school tomorrow, either,” said Josephine, 10, after flying down the hill on her sled.

It could happen: Carol Reeves, a spokeswoman for the Corvallis School District, said officials are monitoring the weather forecast to see if conditions warrant delaying or closing schools. The forecast says up to 2 additional inches of snow could fall.

“We have someone drive around and check conditions before we make the decision,” Reeves said. “A decision is usually made by 6 a.m.” Most Benton County school districts post delay or closure information on their websites and through Flash Alert between 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

At 5:45 p.m., Monday, Oregon State University announced that the campus would not open until 10 a.m. today, with classes that begin after 5 p.m. canceled. Students, faculty and staff can call 541-737-8000 by 6 a.m., or check online at alert.oregonstate.edu for updates.

Back at the sledding hill, Becky Johnson said she wouldn’t mind seeing more snow. She had Monday and today off from work.

“It worked out pretty nice,” she said. “We are lucky to get snow around here some years. So it’s nice to be able to enjoy the snow when it comes.”

Liana Ramirez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, said Corvallis got about an inch and a half of snow as of 8 a.m. Monday. She predicted Monday afternoon that the snow showers would continue overnight, with a mix of rain and snow showers likely to continue today — temperatures dipping to 29 early Tuesday.

“Rain showers Tuesday night, combined with freezing or near-freezing temperatures could lead to ice,” Ramirez said. “The roads could be really slick (on Wednesday).”

A warm front is expected to move in by Wednesday afternoon, when winds and a strong low-pressure front could bring thundershowers, followed by a 90 percent chance of heavy rain. But in the transition between the cold and the  the warmer storm front, some freezing rain is likely.

Ramirez said the week’s wild, wet weather is expected to continue through the weekend, when temperatures are expected to warm to 49 Thursday and Friday and to 41 and 43 Saturday and Sunday. Weekend lows are expected to be in the mid-30s.

Raju Woodward can be contacted at 758-9526 or raju.woodward@lee.net

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