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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Northwest Oregon Enjoys Rare Snow Day

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network
Workers shovel the front steps of the Oregon Capitol on Thursday.

The threat of snow and freezing rain prompted a rare snow day in much of northwest Oregon. Most school districts and many government offices closed in the Willamette Valley.

In Salem, the flakes began flying mid-morning. Adam Gallardo, a clerk at The Book Bin in downtown Salem, said business was slower than normal at the bookstore. He suspects some holiday shoppers were staying home with their kids.

"I grew up in Idaho and when I was a kid there had to be like a foot of snow on the ground before they'd ever close,” Gallardo said. “And here they seem to close school at the mere threat of some foul weather."

The snow and ice are expected to change over to rain by the evening, as the region transitions back to a more typical weather pattern.