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Hillsboro welcomes new year with snow and ice storm

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: TRAVIS LOOSE - Teens try their hardest to make a snowball to throw, but Sundays tiny ice pellets didnt stick together well. No matter, there was plenty of white stuff and plenty of fun to be had.On Sunday, Dec. 3, Hillsboro city officials made the call to close the temporary ice skating rink at Orenco Station Plaza on what would have been its last day of operation.

In a somewhat ironic twist, it was too icy to open the ice rink. There were no disappointed skaters though, because all of Hillsboro became a makeshift skating rink that day.

By Sunday morning, the bone-chilling wind had died down and Hillsboro Airport reported freezing fog beginning around 9 a.m.

Temperatures hovered just below freezing all of Sunday and by 2:30 p.m., freezing rain began to fall, coating trees and cars in a thin layer of ice. The freezing rain continued off and on for the next 12 hours, prompting all Washington County school districts to close on Monday.

Hillsboro school officials initially made the decision Sunday night to delay the start of school by two hours, but by 5 a.m. Monday made the call to close schools for the day, giving students cause to thank their lucky stars for an additional day of winter vacation.

City, county and state road crews went to work clearing and sanding main thoroughfares for the Monday morning commute.

The city’s libraries remained open on Monday, but the Hillsboro Senior Center and Tyson Recreation Center were closed, and programs held at those locations canceled. Meals on Wheels suspended deliveries on Monday, asking all volunteers to stay home and stay safe.HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Ice pellets delicately outline a Noble fir tree.

Emergency fire and medical personnel responded to numerous calls of falls and motor vehicle accidents.

By Tuesday morning, temperatures started to warm in Hillsboro. Students eked out another two hours of vacation, as classes started two hours late.

The forecast for the weekend looks dry and partly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Ice covered shrubs -- and roads -- in Hillsboro and the Portland metro area last this week.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - An Easter Island moai garden statue appears to be weathering the ice in stoic fashion.

Yard decor fair alright in Hillsboro's snow.