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Snow closes stretch of coastal highway

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ELSIE, OR (KPTV) -

Twelve miles of highway in the coast range were shut down Wednesday night because of snow.

Oregon State Police said the winter weather caused a number of minor crashes on Highway 26. Officials closed the highway from Milepost 23 to Milepost 35 as a result.

The road was open again by 7:45 p.m.

However, conditions were still too dangerous for some drivers. Dana Malby and his family planned to spend the night in their RV on the side of Highway 26 and wait for the storm to pass. They were on their way to Seaside from Salem.

"There's lots of snow and we're not prepared for it," said Malby. "We're just going to hunker down overnight."

Other drivers didn't have the luxury of waiting out the storm. Eric Radkey pulled over to put chains on his delivery truck as he headed to the coast.

"You've got to just watch out for the other people, take it slow, and make sure you're safe," said Radkey. "We want to get back home."

Fox 12 meteorologists said several inches could fall there per hour with a stalled cold front. The result could be a foot or more of snow on the highway, which is a rare occurrence for the area.

For updates, go to TripCheck.com and the Fox 12 Weather Page.

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