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Snow fell late Christmas night, then off and on into Tuesday as area residents stayed safe while having fun

Snow came calling to the area just as Christmas was coming to a close by the end of the weekend several inches were on the ground around the valley.

And while the driving got a little iffy at times, particularly in roads leading in and out and Molalla and Canby, the early-winter arrival of the white stuff certainly didn't keep people from getting out in it.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Wait Park in Canby glimmers with snow and Christmas lights.

And with a little add-on snow Monday night and Tuesday morning, that just made it all the more enjoyable for some folks.

"Oh, I love it, I really do," Canby's Carol Runyan said as she walked with her husband through downtown Canby Monday afternoon. "It's getting slick in spots, you can see the shine on the ground, but having snow just gives you that wintery, calm feeling. There are less cars, less noise, and more of a chance to walk, talk and enjoy something we don't get all that often here. I love it."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - The driving was a little treacherous on the backroads as you came into Canby and Molalla Tuesday morning, but for the most part everyone was cautious and safe.

She wasn't the only one as more and more people got out of the house and into the snow. Snowmen, snow angels and all manner of fun was going on beginning Sunday and on into the week.

"We've been having fun with it," Molalla resident Harold Katzmeier said. "The kids have been out in it a bunch of times and that's good to see. They get cold, come in to warm up and dry out, then they are back out again. We don't get a lot of snow, so it's kind of fun to see it. I hate driving in it when it starts to ice up, but if everyone's careful and gives plenty of room to the cars around them, even if you slip and slide, you can keep everyone safe."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - The cold, snow and ice didn't deter folks from getting out in it.

And with temperatures slated to drop below freezing for most of the week, the concerns of ice and driving were real.

"I love the snow but hate the ice when the temperatures stay really cold like they are supposed to," Tim Howard said as he escorted his family to Wait Park in Canby. "From Sunday to today, you can feel there's some ice under the snow. Hopefully, we can enjoy the snow and stay safe the rest of the week."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - This little guy was moving from tree to tree during the snow.

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