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Despite snow and ice, police report few problems on roads; more cold and possibly snow on the way

SANDY POST PHOTO: STEVE BROWN  - Snow piled up in Sandy beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, greeting residents with between 4 and 6 inches of accumulation by early Monday morning. Even more snowfall was seen at higher elevations along Highway 26 heading up to Mount Hood.Despite several inches of snow overnight Sunday, Feb. 18, police report road conditions were pretty good and no serious accidents were reported.

Officer Jason Coates from the Sandy Police Department said traffic was moving well in Sandy on Monday morning, Feb. 18.

"The roads are sanded and plowed," he said. There was about 4-6 inches of snow at the Sandy Police Department.

Sunday when the snow started around 3 p.m. "we had a lot of motor assist calls toward Estacada and Eagle Creek."

Officers check on motorists who are in a ditch or otherwise stranded to make certain they have help coming and help those in fender benders exchange information.

Traffic was lighter than normal because schools and many offices were closed for the Presidents' Day holiday.

With the holiday, "people are staying home," he said, but added that Highway 26 was busy going East. "There are a lot of skis on top of cars."

Tempuratures will continue to be cold this week. For Sandy, the National Weather Service is predicting a low around 16 Monday night. Tuesday, Feb. 20, is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 35 degrees. There's a 50 percent chance of more snow Tuesday night, with possible accumulation of less than one inch, with a low of around 24 degrees. ?

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