Sunday snow sparks fun, few problems
The Portland region woke up Sunday to a light dusting of snow with more expected in coming days. A winter storm warning is in effect through 4 a.m. Monday.
Light traces of snow had fallen in downtown by the early morning hours of Dec. 26 with more at the higher elevations. Waves of additional snow were forecast through the day and night. One to three inches of snow is forecast in the Willamette Valley.
Temperatures were expected to remain at or below freezing until Monday afternoon at the earliest, meaning that even if the snow melts a little, it can turn to ice on streets, making driving hazardous. The Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation say they are prepared to respond.
Although downtown Portland was largely unaffected in the morning, conditions were more serious in outlying areas. The Forest Grove Fire Department reported six inches of snow. All public buildings in Beaverton closed, including both library branches. And West Linn closed streets on all steep hills.
At around 10:30 a.m., Washington County Roads said the snow zone on 175th Avenue between Scholls Ferry Road and Rigert Road was active and drivers in that area are required to use traction devices. Officials say this area has a high elevation and a steep grade.
A list of winter shelters in the Portland region can be found here.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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