Overnight snow slows city, rain on the way
Wednesday night's snow gave way to a Thursday morning slow down, with local government offices and some school districts opening late.
More than an inch of snow landed in the area overnight, making some roads slick. School districts on the outer edges of the city, where more snow hit, were closed Thursday.
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Around mid-morning, TriMet crews began removing chains from buses and restoring some routes that had been curtailed or canceled during the slippery mornings.
Wednesday's brief sunshine break could give way to at least a couple more days of possible snow, as cold air continues to drift south from British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska. The National Weather Service says another cold front will blow through the region Friday, bringing clouds and possible precipitation into the afternoon, with snow levels at about 300 to 700 feet. There could be some accumulation below 300 feet, but weather service meteorologists think the possibility is slim.
Rain is expected to move into the region by Saturday, pushing snow levels to 500 to 1,000 feet. By Sunday and Monday, the rain arrives in earnest and snow levels climb to 1,500 to 2,500 feet, according to the weather service.
The Cascades and Coast Range mountains will see "significant" amounts of snow during the weekend, the weather service reported, possibly up to 2 feet in some places.