- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Latest on the snowy weather in Oregon (all times local):

10 p.m.

Law enforcement says another avalanche has hit the highway that goes over Santiam Pass in Oregon’s Cascade Range.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says the avalanche closed Santiam Pass near Milepost 79 at approximately 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. In a statement, the sheriff’s office said it is assisting the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation with avalanches, motorists needing assistance, and vehicles blocking Highway 20 at Santiam Pass amid heavy snowfall. No injuries were reported.

The statement also said a semi-truck is blocking part of Highway 20 and that traffic is limited to one lane of travel. The department warned that motorists could be stranded if they travel over the pass.

The state police earlier reported two avalanches in the area and posted a photo that showed a partially buried car. No injuries were reported then either.

9 p.m.

Portland Public Schools said on Twitter that at about 8:45 p.m., a few buses were still working to get students home after a snowstorm paralyzed traffic around the city. The district also said on Twitter that all schools and offices would be closed Thursday, as did many other area districts.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/zKTdg2 ) a Portland woman captured a video of a school bus sliding down a hill and into other vehicles near her apartment complex just after 5 p.m. Wednesday. It wasn’t clear if any students were on the bus.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said 11 roads were closed due to ice, a landslide and trees that were down.

The National Weather Service said a major ice storm was also hitting in Eugene. The City of Eugene said ice-laden trees had led to over a hundred calls about downed trees and power lines.

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7:35 p.m.

Some Portland-area students were stuck on buses or at schools during a snowstorm that left roads slick and traffic snarled.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/wHP1T3 ) buses from Portland Public Schools were trapped in traffic and that there had been an unspecified number of buses involved in crashes.

Interim chief operating officer Courtney Wilton told the newspaper he had not heard of any injuries in those accidents.

A school bus carrying Scouters Mountain Elementary students spun out amid snowy conditions on Southeast 152nd Drive near Misty Drive in Happy Valley.

Principal Kevin Spooner says all children were safe.

Multiple news outlets were reporting dozens of cars abandoned by drivers while the Oregon Department of Transportation imposed a chain requirement on Interstate 5 from Albany to Portland.

Portland city officials declared parking meter amnesty, allowing drivers to leave their cars parked overnight without penalties.

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6:15 p.m.

The Oregon State Police say an avalanche plowed onto a main highway crossing the Cascade Range in Oregon, and then a second one occurred nearby, partially burying at least one car.

The state police say there were no injuries. Highway 20 was closed near Santiam Pass while a snowplow cleared away the snow. The state police said on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon that the main artery has been reopened.

2:30 p.m.

Authorities are urging Oregonians not to drive except in emergencies during a winter storm.

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says Wednesday that there have been five traffic accidents on a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 84 since the snow began falling late in the morning.

The accidents were between the towns of Hood River and The Dalles in the Columbia River Gorge.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for gorge calling for up to 8 inches of snow and gusting winds.

Parts of Eastern and Central Oregon are expected to get a foot or more of snow Wednesday into Thursday as a major storm sweeps the state. Accumulations of up to 5 inches are possible in the Portland metro area.

2 p.m.

Snow has begun falling along the Interstate 5 corridor from Salem to the Portland metro area, and snow is accumulating quickly in Central Oregon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Wednesday for Eastern Oregon, with 4-to-8 inches expected in Pendleton and Hermiston, and up to a foot in cities at higher elevations, such as John Day and Heppner.

Similar foot-high totals are expected in Central Oregon.

School districts in that region canceled classes and after-school activities.

Meanwhile, as much as 5 inches of snow is predicted to fall in the Portland metro area.

The heaviest snowfall is expected during the late afternoon, making for a slippery evening commute.

A mix of freezing rain and snow made for treacherous driving in the southern Willamette Valley.

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7:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow in much of Oregon - a lot of it in some places.

The service issued a winter storm warning for Eastern Oregon, with 4-to-8 inches expected in Pendleton and Hermiston, and up to a foot in cities at higher elevations, such as John Day and Heppner.

Similar foot-high totals are expected in Central Oregon, where snow was falling at Lava Butte early Wednesday. School districts in that region canceled classes and after-school activities.

Meanwhile, as much as 3 inches of snow is predicted to fall in the Portland metro area. Forecasters say the snow should start early Wednesday afternoon, complicating the ride home from work.

In the southern Willamette Valley, a mix of snow and freezing rain could make Eugene streets treacherous.

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