First Snow of the Year for Portland
What seemed to be a long holiday weekend had stretched to 4 days for many people living in Oregon when the snow turned to freezing rain and many roads are expected to stay slippery for most of the week. The weather condition transformed streets and sidewalks into skating rinks on Sunday and Monday morning, which forced schools to close in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, and almost all other districts in Willamette Valley.
Crews worked, spreading gravel and salt on public roads and highways. While that helped, much of the side roads and sidewalks are still slippery. Since temperatures didn’t rise above freezing on Monday, several roads will remain slippery overnight until Tuesday morning.
Rod Hill, the meteorologist of KGW, said that the ice will be melting slowly and gradually.
“The ice and slush may not melt until Wednesday in some neighborhoods,” Hill said.
The National Weather Service, on the other had, released a Hazardous Weather forecast on Monday night to warn people of continuous ice accumulations throughout Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, as well as Columbia River Gorge and Coast Range.
Transportation officials have urged people to stay at home as much as possible and to avoid taking unnecessary road trips anywhere.
According to officials of TriMet, all MAX lines were operating and many buses took the snow routes. Therefore, riders must expect delays because of bad weather conditions. In fact, some buses were stuck on Monday.
In Portland and Hood River area, state offices were closed on Monday. OHSU Hospital stayed open to cater patients; however, they encouraged non-essential employees to remain at home until further notice. Meanwhile, Vancouver have cancelled garbage collection due to icy streets.
Last Sunday, the snow depth measured at Portland airport was at 1.3 inches. Power lines and trees were affected by the freezing rain which created power interruptions in the area.