Unprecedented snow pummeled the Pacific Northwest in January, prompting mixed reviews from residents. SUBMITTED PHOTO: JALENE BROOKS

Portland Public Schools students had ample time off, while adults attempted (often unsuccessfully) to venture out on slick, ice-packed roads. Still, some people enjoyed the weather, embracing a new host of activities such as snow-shoeing, snowman building and consuming endless cups of hot cocoa.

One such duo embracing the wintery offerings: Maplewood residents Jalene Brooks (left) and her son, Christopher. On Jan. 11, they spent six hours building this igloo in Gabriel Park. The previous night and into that day, a snowstorm had blanketed the Southwest Portland area with as much as 15 inches of snow in some neighborhoods — more than enough building material for winter fun.

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