by: KAREN KIRSCH - Henry (left) and Charlie Kirsch experience the snowstorm from the comfort of an innertube on their farm in Donald.The winter storm that filled Woodburn and surrounding areas with a thick coating of snow throughout the city and suburbs, reaching more than a foot in some places, resulted in school closures, empty grocery shelves and lots of snowball DINA LOPEZ - Diego Enriquez Lopez, 10, of Woodburn, makes a snow angel outside his home on Friday. Local children were thrilled that school was canceled, while adults struggled to make it to work.

At the peak of the worst conditions on Interstate 5, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) had 30 running trucks between Wilsonville and Albany.

ODOT deployed all available tools in its winter shed, including plows, sanders, and de-icers as needed.

Lou Torres, ODOT public information officer, mentioned the whole region got hit hard twice with the weather conditions on Thursday and Friday night hitting around seven inches of snow.

By Saturday afternoon, ODOT was working on secondary roads including Highway 99E after clearing Highways 214 and 219.

“It was a major challenge for us,” Torres said. “We were really pushed to the brink. It was a lot of work, but our crews did a fantastic job.”

During the winter wonderland, ODOT’s key goal was to keep the interchange open, which was accomplished according to Torres.

“I don’t think it has significantly affected us,” Torres said referring to the recent weather. “It hasn’t slowed us much. The good part about it is that we work with heavy machinery.”

Woodburn’s Interchange Project on Interstate 5 remains on schedule, as ODOT continues to develop permanent on- and off-ramps connected to Highways 214 and 219.

“We’re just doing a lot of work out there,” said Torres.

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