Winter Weather Concerns; Deadly Accident Closes 101 in Yachats; Travel Oregon Survey; Watch for Slides; Siuslaw High Job Fair

Winter Weather Concerns

Rain mixed with freezing rain could potentially impact the coast overnight tonight with low temperatures expected to be near freezing.  The national weather service is posting a winter storm watch for the area and is expected to last until 4 am Sunday morning.  Snow is likely in the mountains east of Florence with anywhere from a half inch to 4 inches predicted.  Temperatures are expected to fall by late afternoon.  Winds will also be a factor as gusts can be up to 50 miles per hour and power outages could also be possible due to tree damage and ice accumulation.  According to the NWS very little snow or freezing rain is expected in the Florence area as temperatures will likely stay above freezing.  However, to the north and east the outlook is bleaker.  Be sure to check forecasts if you plan on traveling out of the area tonight or tomorrow.

Deadly Accident Closes 101 in Yachats

For several hours last night Highway 101 at milepost 164 in Yachats had to be closed in both directions due to a vehicle crash.  One person was killed and another severely injured after a Kia Soul hit a South Lincoln Ambulance leaving the fire station. Neither of the paramedics on the ambulance were injured though one was evaluated at the scene.  One of the occupants of the Kia had to be life-flighted out of the area.  The accident happened around 5:45 last night and the road was closed until 10:25 last night.

Travel Oregon Survey

Travel Oregon would like to know how you feel about travel and tourism with the state.  They have recently posted an anonymous survey that focuses on the Oregon resident and their experiences with the travel and tourism industry.  The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and solicits opinions on many factors of tourism and how it affects the individual or resident of Oregon.

The survey can be found by clicking here:

Watch for Slides

The Oregon department of geology and mineral industries has issued a press release indicating the strong possibility of landslides in parts of southern and western Oregon. Moisture levels and strong winds approaching over the next several days could be a factor in a potential slide.  They ask that you be aware of your surroundings while you travel coastal and mountainous regions of the state.

Siuslaw High Job Fair

After what organizers are sayng as a very successful event last year the Siuslaw School District has planned another Student Career Fair for Siuslaw High School students.  The fair is planned for March 15th and will host participants from many of the local business and industry outlets.  Businesses and groups are provided a free space to promote and recruit for their organization or business.  If your business or organization would like to take part in the fair you can contact Pam Hickson at the school at 541-997-5470.