Oregon Trail School District schools closed after 8 inches of snow falls on area {img:190593}

Sandy received a fresh accumulation of snow Wednesday night, leaving just more than 8 inches on the ground Thursday morning, Feb. 22, including what fell earlier this week, covering roads and slowing traffic in the process as well as closing schools and government offices.

Oregon Trail School District schools are closed today, and Mt. Hood Community College is operating on a two-hour delay.

Highway 26 westbound toward Gresham is reportedly covered in ice, slowing morning commuters.

Sandy's Proctor and Pioneer Boulevard received a fresh covering of snow and were reportedly slick this morning.

POST PHOTO: STEVE BROWN - Meinig Park under freshly fallen snow this morning, Feb. 21.Drivers are required to carry tire chains and traction tires from Sandy east to Welches, and required to use chains if traveling from Welches to Government Camp, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. On Mount Hood, roadside accumulation varies from 7 to 36 inches, increasing toward Government Camp and Timberline Lodge.

The National Weather Service (NWS) calls for a 70 percent chance of precipitation Thursday, with mostly sunny skies and a highs around 35 degrees. Snow showers are likely before 10 a.m., but further accumulation is not likely to amount to more than half an inch.

Tonight's temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again to lows around 19 degrees. The NWS calls for southeast winds of 3-6 mph overnight.

There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation for Friday with a highs again around 35 and an overnight low of 32. Cloudy skies are expected to start the day, with a possible half-inch of snow accumulation. Chances of precipitation are to rise to 80 Friday night, accompanied by southwest winds of 7 to 10 mph and a possible accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of new snow.

POST PHOTO: STEVE BROWN - The salmon statue in Centennial Plaza received a heavy coating of ice overnight. Temperatures are expected to rise slightly by Saturday, with highs around 38 degrees and lows around 35 degrees, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation during the day, and a 60 percent chance of precipitation in the evening.

Snow is likely before 10 a.m. Saturday, mixing with rain later in the day and possibly accumulating about an inch of new snow cover. West winds with gusts up to 18 mph are also expected.

Rain and clouds are in the forecast for the rest of the weekend, mixed with some snow, with high temperatures predicted between 38 and 40 degrees. Sunday calls for rain during the day and snow overnight, a trend that continues into Monday, according to the NWS.

Temperatures are slowly predicted to rise into next week.

Keep an eye on The Post for weather and road closure information.

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