Snow hits Lake Oswego, more on the way
Adverse weather causes a number of closures for the local area
Just as the temperatures were rising and days were beginning to stretch a bit longer, a blast of harsh winter weather hit Lake Oswego and the surrounding Portland metro area Thursday.
And more was on its way Friday.
By mid-day Friday, snow reportedly was already falling in Salem, Woodburn and on the outskirts of the Stafford Triangle.
According to news partner KOIN 6, the Portland area was hit with 3.5 inches of snow Thursday, resulting in the cancellation of all school-related activities in the Lake Oswego and West Linn-Wilsonville school districts as well as a number of street closures.
On Friday, Lake Oswego city offices and the library remained open for normal hours but officials were keeping an eye on the weather in case conditions changed.
Meanwhile, the William Stafford Centennial symposium scheduled for the Lewis & Clark campus on Friday and Saturday was canceled.
While the Lake Oswego School District had already canceled school for Friday, it announced later in the day that weekend events such as ACT testing at Lakeridge High School and the Lake Oswego High School Auction, both set for Saturday, were canceled.
The city of Lake Oswegos public works department has a plan in place for plowing, sanding and applying anti-icer on city streets. In a snow or ice event, roads will be cleared or treated in the following order: arterials, collectors, and bus routes. After these streets are plowed and sanded, the crews will attempt to clear neighborhood streets if time and conditions permit.
The city has four dump trucks with plows and sanders, and one truck with just a sander along with a front-end loader that can be outfitted with chains and a plow.
Although the storm began to slow down Friday morning, even more was expected later in the afternoon. According to a winter storm warning issued at 4:20 a.m. Friday, meteorologists expected a second blast of heavy snow to hit the greater Portland area starting at about 2 p.m.
The snowfall is expected to continue through Friday night and into Saturday morning, adding between 2 to 6 inches to the 3.5 that fell Thursday. Gusting winds between 35 and 45 miles per hour are also expected near the Columbia River Gorge, and meteorologists said drifting snow could affect visibility while driving.
According to KOIN 6, Meals on Wheels People closed its 34 neighborhood sites and canceled deliveries. The agency was working to call its 3,000 homebound seniors to make sure they were OK. Meals on Wheels said it provides two shelf-stable meals to all its seniors for circumstances like this.
TriMet buses were operating with chained wheels, and a number of routes were canceled or altered, including these in or near Lake Oswego:
Route 38 (Boones Ferry Road) has stopped services through Mountain Park; Route 39 (Lewis & Clark College) has stopped service on Taylors Ferry, Spring Garden and SW 19th Street; Route 43 (Taylors Ferry Road) canceled, Route 78 (Lake Oswego-Beaverton), no service to PCC Sylvania, SW 68th, Haines, Lesser, SW 49th and Kerr Road .
MAX rail service ticket machines on the west side of the Willamette were not accepting debit or credit cards because of a technical issue, and TriMet said all MAX lines were experiencing delays due to switch problems.
To learn more about West Linn's response to the storm or download a winter weather map, visit westlinnoregon.gov/publicworks/winter-weather-update.
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