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Slick roads and a dusting of snow close Lake Oswego schools; forecasters say there could be more on the way

REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Downtown Lake Oswego streets and sidewalks were clear Tuesday morning, but conditions were dicier on the city's backroads and hills, prompting schools to close and activities to be canceled.As far as snowstorms go, this one was a bit underwhelming. A Midwest-style Polar Vortex? Not so much.

But this week's wintry weather caused enough of a mess on Lake Oswego's backroads and hills to close schools Tuesday and give local kids their first snow day of the year.

REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Amyas and Soleil enjoy their snow day Tuesday. The Gallery Without Walls sculpture sits at the corner of First Street and Evergreen Road in downtown Lake Oswego.And here's the thing: It might not be the last.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there's a chance of snow after 10 a.m. Thursday, with some kind of wintry mix filling out the region's seven-day forecast.

Looks like just rain showers on Friday, but rain and snow are likely Saturday — and temperatures aren't expected to climb out of the low 40s in the near future, with lows dipping into upper 20s on some nights. That means any moisture that falls from the sky is likely to freeze overnight, making driving slippery at best and treacherous at worst.

On Monday night, City road crews headed out at 5 p.m. to start laying de-icer on main arterials. They started plowing and sanding at 3 a.m. Tuesday to keep roads clear.

REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Its called 'The Big Maybe,' but there's no doubt that Monday night's snowfall added something special to the Gallery Without Walls sculpture in downtown Lake Oswego."At this point, the main arterials are OK as long as you take it slow and cautious," said Rachel Sykes, the City's assistand public works director. "Hoping for a warm up this afternoon, but anticipating an icy commute tomorrow morning!"

WEATHER-RELATED DELAYS & CLOSURES

In addition to shuttered classrooms, the Lake Oswego School District closed its Extended Day Program; all other before- and after-school activities and athletics were canceled.

"We closed schools today because our students' safety is paramount," said Christine Moses, the district's director of communications. "There are many factors that go into making this decision, but safety is No. 1."

All Lake Oswego City offices opened on schedule Tuesday morning. However:

• All day and evening Parks & Rec classes and activities have been canceled, including all sports day and evening classes and activities.

• The Adult Community Center is open, but all day and evening classes and activities at the ACC are canceled.

• All day and evening classes and activities at Christ Church Episcopal Parish are canceled.

• All day and evening classes at the Tennis Center are canceled. (Note: The Tennis Center is open for reservation prepaid times.)

• All High School City League basketball games for this evening are canceled.

• The Golf Course and Range are closed.

Elsewhere:

• West Linn-Wilsonville School District: Closed

• Our Lady of the Lake School: Closed

• Riverdale School District: Closed. Afternoon athletics and activities TBD

• West Hills Montessori: Southwest Portland and Lake Oswego campuses closed

• Bethlehem Christian Preschool — L.O.: Closed

• Lewis & Clark: Opening at noon

• Clackamas County. Circuit Court: Opening at 9 a.m. Jurors should report at 9 a.m.

• Clackamas County: Clackamas County offices, clinics and facilities will open at 9 a.m.

For the latest weather information, check out the National Weather Service's website at tinyurl.com/SnowInLO.

— The Review


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