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Salem extends chains requirement another 24 hours

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Conditions in Salem continued to worsen Saturday, and the city extended its chain or traction tire requirement another 24 hours.

All cars must have chains or traction tires until midnight Sunday, police said, and drivers need to be prepared for low visibility due to the heavy snowfall. 

Things have gotten so bad that the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team is using its jeep patrol to help Salem Hospital bring critical staff into work.

Twelve volunteers with the Jeep Patrol and their 4x4 vehicles will be going to the homes of hospital staff to take them to work.

As the snow continues to fall, the Sheriff's Office is asking that people remain at home and avoid driving.

The poor driving conditions led the city to close the Marion Street Bridge so road crews could plow and sand the bridge and on/off ramps, but the bridge reopened after a brief closure Friday night.

The city will be monitoring road conditions throughout this period and rescind the chain requirement if conditions improve.

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