UPDATE: Schools close as snow hits Salem; winter storm warning continues

NOTE: This will be updated as new information develops.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. – More schools decide to close

Schools are closing Tuesday morning in the face of a winter storm warning issued at 4:30 a.m. by the National Weather Service for the Salem area.

The Salem-Keizer School District officials initially started by delaying schools for two hours and then announced they would close for the day.

Chemeketa Community College said its campuses would open late at 10:30 a.m. but fully remote classes would go on as scheduled.

As of 6 a.m., the Salem Airport was reporting rain and 36 degrees, but the weather service said bands of cold weather would swing over the central Willamette Valley. By 6:15 a.m., the temperature in Salem dropped to 34 and light snow was reported. The weather service forecast 1 to 3 inches. In areas above 500 feet, a half foot of snow could accumulate.

“Snow will be heavy and wet, posing risks for those shoveling the snow. The heavy, wet snow may also bring down tree limbs and power lines, potentially leading to isolated power outages,” the warning said.

The warning is in place until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In related announcements:

• Capital Christian and Sonshine Daycare is closed for Tuesday.

•Willamette Education Service District is operating two hours late at its Salem and Polk County locations.

•Salem Academy decided to close.

• Crosshill Christian is starting tw hours late.

•UPDATE:: Willamette Valley Christian in Brooks is closed for Tuesday.

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