UPDATE • Overnight blast left slushy mess on local roads
Portland-area residents woke to a light covering of snow in some neighborhoods Tuesday morning as a strong winter storm blew through the region Monday night.
Schools in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties were mostly delayed by the snow. A handful of districts - including Estacada and Corbett - were closed.
By about 7 a.m., temperatures had increased and some of the snow at lower elevations was melting. Rain was falling in most of the region by about 8 a.m.
Portland road crews spent much of Monday night spreading deicer in the city's higher elevations.
The National Weather Service said Monday that a strong winter storm front would drop snow levels close to 500 feet or lower Tuesday morning. The Portland Bureau of Transportation prepared for bad road conditions and urged commuters to wait out the storm, take precautions or ride mass transit if roads were too slick to drive.
'This will be the third time in the past month where locations such as Portland and Seattle will likely see some snow in their respective metropolitan areas overnight,' says Steve Pierce, president of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Monday's strong winds brought sustained blasts at 31 to 39 miles per hour and gusts between 45 and 57 miles per hour. Residents interested in current conditions and warnings can check the city's emergency services website, www.PublicAlerts.org.