ALBANY, Ore. -- Interstate 5 southbound was closed about 3 miles north of Albany just after 8:30 Thursday morning after several crashes involving up to 20 total vehicles were reported on the snowy freeway, transportation officials said.
Just after that, official said I-5 northbound was closed 8 miles south of Albany when another pileup was reported. One lane reopened about an hour later.
Drivers were advised to avoid the area or expect major delays. Chains or snow tires are now required on I-5 in Linn County.
ODOT crews were also responding to several other crashes on I-5, as well as on Oregon Highway 58 and U.S. Highway 101.