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Spring snow storm hits Corvallis

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CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

It's a spring snowstorm that packed a punch for areas from Salem south through the Willamette Valley.

Corvallis was one place you could see snow fall all day Wednesday.

It may look like the dead of winter, but snow was falling at a good clip just two days into spring.

Throughout the day in Corvallis, the snow kept falling and many tried to find ways to deal with it.

One group of friends took time out from studying for finals to have a little fun. 

"People are attempting to study for finals but there's this big distraction outside and they keep looking out the window and everybody is just so excited about this late snow," said Brendan Pavelek.

Classes at Oregon State University continued as scheduled as many were in the middle of finals week; but all were focused and looking forward to next week, which is spring break.

 "It would be a lot more exciting if we were going into winter break instead of spring break," said Annie Bollard, an OSU student, "but at this point we're not really surprised by anything."

The snow did create problems for schools.

Some were delayed, while others like the Corvallis School District canceled classes.

For many who grew up in Oregon, watching snow fall this late in the season isn't too shocking.

"Just looking and hoping it will go away soon, because it's not sticking to the ground so it's more of a nuisance than a beauty," said Stephanie Sieg.

As the snow first started Wednesday morning, the roads got slick enough to cause several accidents.

One happened on Highway 34 near Corvallis, after two cars slammed into each other head-on.

Both of those drivers were sent to the hospital.

 "This is incredible, maybe since I was a little kid was the last time I remember it snowing this late in Oregon .It's just spring and winter have completely flipped themselves," said Pavelek.

Fox 12 meteorologists say the snow will continue falling throughout the night and, in fact, a winter storm warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday.  

If temperatures drop you can expect all that slush and water to freeze over turning everything into a sheet of ice.

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