Expect a cold Valentine's Day in the Portland area
Weather in the Portland metropolitan area is not expected to receive much love on Valentine's Day.
Severe weather with temperatures below or only slightly above freezing is expected to continue through Sunday, Feb. 14 — with more snow and freezing rain possible in the afternoon. The State of Emergency declared by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Saturday remains in effect, with temperatures not expected to rise much above freezing until Monday morning, at the earliest.
An ice storm warning is in effect for the Portland metropolitan area, along with winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories in effect elsewhere in the region, through 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15.
Hundreds of thousands of households were still without power on the morning of Feb. 14, while utility crews struggled to repair lines downed by falling trees. Power outages began early Friday, Feb. 13. As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Portland General Electric reported 187,267 customers without power in six counties, with about half of them in Clackamas County. Pacific Power reported 20,635 customers were powerless at that time.
Many roads remain closed, including Corbett Hill Road between I-84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway and Northeast 238th Drive between Arata Road and Glisan Street in Wood Village.
TriMet continues to restore limited bus service, but all MAX and WES operations are suspended until conditions improve. Shuttle buses are serving parts of the rail lines. LIFT is running at reduced levels and the Portland Streetcar has canceled service. A full list of TriMet service alerts can be found at trimet.org/#alerts.
Emergency severe weather and warming shelters will remain open through Sunday night and into Monday. More than 380 beds are available at the following locations:
• Oregon Convention Center, 965 N.E. First Ave., open until 8 a.m. Friday.
• Metro Garage, 578 N.E. Irving St., open 24 hours.
• Arbor Lodge Severe Weather Shelter, 1952 N. Lombard St., open until 8 a.m. Friday.
Information on the availability of shelters and transportation to them can be found by calling 2-1-1 or by clicking www.211info.org.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services is seeking volunteers to help staff the shelters that have been open longer than expected. To learn more, click here.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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