Salem Anticipates Challenging Conditions Due to Ice Storm Warning

Posted on January 16, 2024

City of Salem – 01/16/24 3:30 PM

  • The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for the Salem area, beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Conditions for traveling are expected to get worse in the evening and overnight hours. Residents should take action to stay safe.
  • City of Salem emergency personnel continue to assist residents during this emergency.

Salem, Ore. — The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for Salem and all of the Willamette Valley, effective through 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

During this storm event, 0.20 to 0.50 inches of ice is predicted to accumulate, along with a potential inch of snow. Temperatures will remain below freezing until midnight, rising into the mid-40s after that. Warm rain and gusty winds of 30-35 mph are expected overnight, which could increase the effect of ice on trees and powerlines.

What you should know:

  • Ice Accumulation is expected to be between 0.20 and 0.50 inches, posing risks to tree limbs and powerlines, especially with gusty winds.
  • Road Conditions will be slick, with ice accumulating on the hard-pack snow surface and bare pavement. Minor local flooding may be present on streets due to blocked storm drains. Parking lots and sidewalks, whether clear or not, could be dangerous.
  • Creeks and streams will rise due to the runoff caused by the storm and the rising temperatures. Those living in low or flood-prone areas should be aware of these conditions and take the appropriate steps.
  • Water pipe issues may be present as temperatures rise, with frozen pipes possibly bursting or developing leaks upon thawing. Water Distribution crews are actively addressing customer calls about frozen pipes, including a water main break on Monday.
  • The Warming Shelter Network is activated and available to anyone who needs a warm place to rest during the day or night. To date, no one has been turned away at any of the available shelters during the storm. Learn more by calling the Shelter Activation Hotline at 971-304-9211, following the ARCHES Project on Facebook, or contacting the Seeds of Faith Ministry’s Community Recovery and Wellness Living program at 503-881-3939. Seeds of Faith warming shelter will be active through Thursday. To volunteer to help at warming shelters go to the ARCHES Emergency Services website.

Street Maintenance crews have been working since Friday, January 12, 2024, with two crews operating 12 hours per day. Over a thousand tons of sanding rock and 2,000 gallons of liquid deicer have been applied, with more on standby.

To report roadway, water, or sewer concerns, call the Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311

Learn more about the City’s ongoing response efforts by going to www.cityofsalem.net/weather.

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