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Winter rolls in on metro area, closes city of Lake Oswego and LOSD facilities

Cold weather expected to hang in there for awhile

With snow, cold weather, ice and windy conditions continuing, officials for both the city of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego School District decided to keep facilities closed Wednesday.

For the third straight day, all Lake Oswego schools will remain closed on Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Lake Oswego School District, "The decision has been made to close schools on Wednesday due to continuing frozen conditions and the likelihood that additional snow and/or freezing rain will arrive Wednesday morning. We continue to have many streets in Lake Oswego with compact ice that are not safe for transit. Please be assured that the decision to close schools is not made without a great deal of consideration."

City officials found themselves in a similar situation.

Just as they had Monday afternoon for Tuesday, city officials reported Tuesday afternoon that 'non-essential' city facilities, including the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, city hall, West End Building, library and the tennis center, will remain closed Wednesday 'due to continuing unsafe weather conditions. Employees at non-essential facilities may come to work if they can do so safely. Those who cannot safely come to work are welcome to use their accrued leave for time off.'

Police, fire, 9-1-1 and maintenance will be operating and employees there are expected to report to work.

Citizens are invited to call the city's Citizen Information Line at 503-635-0257 for future updates and instructions.

Other than the cancellations and closures, inclement weather is passing calmly in the Lake Oswego area. Emergency personnel are reporting few incidents related to weather problems.

One serious weather-related incident was reported Tuesday afternoon in Lake Oswego.

A sledding accident in the Westlake area resulted in serious injuries to a teenage boy.

The youth, 16, was sledding down a steep driveway near Westlake Park about 3:30 p.m. when his head struck the ground, said officials with the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

A Life Flight helicopter transported the teen to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. There was no word released on his condition, although the injuries were feared to be serious.

Fire officials did not release the boy's name.

Gert Zoutendijk, spokesman for the Lake Oswego Fire Department, previously said weather-related incidents had been limited to scattered power-outages in the Mountain Park area and what appears to be a minor sledding accident at Lakeridge High School.

A young sledder struck his head on the school bleachers in that incident, Zoutendijk said, but the youth did not lose consciousness in the collision. He was alert and talkative afterward, said Zoutendijk, both positive signs following a head injury.

Generally, he said, 'It's been OK because people have been staying home and taking the advice,' to stay off the roads.

The Lake Oswego Fire Department is also advising people to stay off of frozen areas of Oswego Lake.

'If the weather stays like this the lake in some places - in the bay and the canals - has the potential to get some snow and ice,' said Zoutendijk.

Fire officials are discouraging people from walking on the ice and risking a fall into frigid waters. They are also urging caution on sidewalks, where melting snow has the potential to freeze.

The National Weather Service is warning of extremely cold temperatures throughout the week. Until road conditions improve, some closures will continue.

Visit the city of Lake Oswego Web site at www.ci.oswego.or.us for additional information on weather conditions, travel and how to deal with frozen pipes.

Visit the LOSD Web site at www.loswego.k12.or.us for more information on school closures.