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The winter storm warning remain in effect as freezing rain is predicted to fall in much of the Portland region.

PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - A drone over Milwaukie, Friday morning, catches the blanket of snow that arrived overnight.

Portland woke up to snow on the ground Friday, but more is predicted later in the day and into Saturday.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for much of the region through noon, as well as a blizzard warning for the Western Columbia Gorge. Both alerts are expected to be extended.

This part of Oregon also is expected to see ice accumulation, and roads with snow will also be icy, so transportation officials are urging people to stay home and use extreme caution if they have to drive.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Dogs enjoy the frest coat of snow at Mt. Scott Park.

PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - A pre-dawn dusting of snow Friday, Feb. 12, on Southwest Broadway in downtown, is a mild indicator of the predicted snow heading our way.

Severe weather shelters opened Thursday and most government offices closed by noon because of the arriving major winter storm.

PMG PHOTO: TIFFANEY O'DELL - Jackson McCall, 7, gives his sled a push at Gresham's Bella Vista Park on Friday morning in the wind and freezing temperatures.

Legacy Health announced the mass vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center would be postponed.

"To ensure the safety of patients and staff, the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at the Oregon Convention Center will be closed Friday for vaccination appointments," a message sent Thursday from Legacy Health states. "If someone is scheduled for an appointment Friday, a member of our team will contact you to assist with rescheduling your appointment.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A cyclist makes his way through the snow-covered streets of SE Portland.While most Portland-area students are still participating in distance learning due to the pandemic, public schools that were open for limited in-person instruction or activities like athletic conditioning, announced site closures Friday. All private and charter schools in the area closed Thursday and remained closed Friday, except for online learning.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Downtown Oregon City gets covered in snow on Feb. 12.Many of the severe weather shelters that have opened in the past cannot be used this year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, 300 beds are available at the following three 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.

In addition, also this year, a warming space, with staff or volunteers on hand, where people won't be able to sleep but can come in and warm up. It's at the Metro Garage, same site as the shelter, and opened Thursday.

Information on the availability of shelters and transportation to them can be found by calling 211 or by clicking here.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Traffic was slow Friday morning on I-205.TriMet has changed several routes when streets became too slippery to drive safely. The buses that are out have automatic drop down chains that operators can deploy with the push of a button. Both MAX and WES trains do well in snow, although freezing rain and ice on the overhead wire can impact MAX service. TriMet's LIFT paratransit service may be adjusted if road conditions become dangerous. PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - The MAX light rail train to Portland International Airport glides to a stop at Pioneer Courthouse Square, as a commuter hurries through the snow to reach the stop. PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Pepe Maldonado, a building manager on Oregon City's Main Street, spreads salt on the sidewalk on Feb. 12.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency Thursday morning because of the approaching storm. All Portland and Multnomah County offices are scheduled to remain closed Friday.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Nick and Katie Ray with their daughter Violet, 2, visit Barclay Park on Feb. 12 to enjoy the newly fallen snow in Oregon City.PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Kids enjoy sledding down 13th Street in Oregon City on Feb. 12.

The Oregon Health & Science University has announced it will close its COVID-19 vaccination clinics through Sunday. The three clinics that will be closed on Feb. 13 and 14 are: the drive-through mass vaccination clinic at the PDX Red Economy parking lot; the drive-through clinic at the Hillsboro Stadium; and the OHSU patient clinic in the Multnomah Pavilion on OHSU's Marquam Hill campus. All appointments already scheduled for those days will be rescheduled.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A jogger runs around Duniway Track early Friday morning.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation said they are ready for the storm. That includes training new employees on de-icers, chains, plows and sanding machines. Crews began applying de-icer in the Portland metropolitan region on Wednesday and will add salt when necessary. Steep streets like Sunset Highway west out of the Vista Ridge Tunnel, heading up toward Sylvan Hill and Breeze Hill going north from Highway 217, are among the spots where motorists often struggle when winter weather hits.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Snow began to settle Friday morning in Portland's Pearl District at Northwest 14th Ave and Quimby after snow ploughs had passed through.

"When we get a lot of people deciding that they have to go out and drive around in the snow, that's when we get major delays," said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. "And that means that our maintenance vehicles can't clear the roads very well, either."

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Sam Munger, Oregon City municipal elevator operator, keeps the service running on Feb. 12 between Seventh Street and High Street on the bluff.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A woman takes part in a photo shoot along SW Broadway in downtown Portland on Friday, Feb. 12.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - The lovely old Pioneer Courthouse, and the mostly empty square named after it, glistens in snow early Friday, Feb. 12.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Shaun Graham continues to deliver on Feb. 12 in Oregon City.PMG PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Carlos Alvarez shovels and sands a sidewalk at Southwest Salmon Street and Park Avenue early Friday, Feb. 12.


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