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Snow falls throughout the region during the morning, even covering some lower elevations.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Families ventured to Council Crest Park to take advantage of the snowy weather on Saturday morning. Many in the Portland area woke up to a late winter wonderland Saturday morning. Snow began falling during the early morning hours and sticking below the 500 foot level.

The National Weather Service recorded just 0.3 inches of snow at its Portland office, while others in Vancouver, Washington, were reporting at least an inch.

While snow in March might surprise some, the National Weather Service says the region was covered by 7.6 inches of white stuff back on March 8, 1951.

Online, Pamplin Media Group readers reported a sprinkling of snow in the Garden Home area. Woodburn also received snow, as did Lake Oswego at higher elevations. Mollala saw snow as well.PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Families, along with their pets, enjoyed the winter wonderland at Council Crest Park on Saturday morning.

Forecasters predicted the metro area and the western end of the Columbia Gorge could see up to 2 inches of snowfall from 3 a.m. to noon on March 14. Some locations may only see a trace, however.PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Snow covered a Portland Tribune newspaper box on Saturday, March 14.



PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Cars were dusted in snow during the morning of Saturday, March 14 in Northeast Portland. An increasingly stronger easterly flow through the gorge will deliver colder air to the metro and surrounding hills. Daytime highs Saturday around the area will reach the upper 30s with increasing easterly winds. The wind chill factor will be something to consider before stepping out. It's a good idea to dress in layers to cover everything!PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Families, along with their pets, enjoyed the winter wonderland at Council Crest Park on Saturday morning.

The Winter Weather Advisories will continue throughout the weekend for the Coast and Cascade Ranges, as well as the Gorge. Sunday we could see some moisture return to the big picture, but overall the trend will be toward drier and warmer weather from that point.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A Benson Bubbler froze over in Northeast Portland. The snowy scene was surveiled by a statue of President George Washington.

TriMet:

The regional transit authority says buses and trains are rolling smooth this morning, "with little impact from the snow."

Many bus drivers say they are not using chains, at least for now. Click here for the latest service alerts from TriMet.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Snow fell on homeless camps in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland on Saturday, March 14.

Closures:

• Portland Community College announced it would close for the day.

• The Oregon Zoo closed for the day at 1 p.m. due to ice and snow.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. PMG staff also contributed to this report.

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Snow lends a sense of serenity to the Portland Japanese Garden.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Northeast Portland woke up to a helping of the white stuff, with flakes continuing to fall before 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Snow falls across the bell tower and façade of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Park Blocks early Saturday.PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Pedestrians braved the wet snow and fat snowflakes during the late morning flurry, which wasn't sticking to city sidewalks.PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Well, it was closed anyway. Snow falling outside the Oregon Historical Society, which has been closed in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Heavy snow flakes dropped on downtown Portland late Saturday morning.

PMG PHOTO: MARK GARBER - The scene of a snowy car crash in East Multnomah County on Saturday is shown here.


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