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Wednesday: Schools closed, WES disrupted, chains required as snow blankets region

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The most snowfall in the Portland area since 2008 has caused widespread shutdowns and outages.


TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A church sign in Beaverton on Wednesday morning says it all. The region was hit with its fourth winter storm in the past month on Tuesday, and this one was the biggest yet.Power companies and road crews scrambled Wednesday morning to respond to a larger-than-anticipated snowstorm that left as much as a foot of snow on the ground across the Portland area overnight.

All area school districts, including the Beaverton, Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tigard-Tualatin and West Linn-Wilsonville school districts, are closed. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District facilities, the Oregon Zoo, Washington County libraries, and most city buildings and state offices in the region were also shut for the day. A power outage in downtown Hillsboro prematurely closed several Washington County buildings.

COURTESY OF STEPHANIE ATKINSON FOWLER - Snow blankets a backyard in Tigard Wednesday morning.TriMet announced that bus service as of Wednesday morning is limited, with bus routes that normally do not operate on Sunday canceled for the day and all vehicles operating with chains — a requirement, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced, for any motor vehicle traveling in the Portland area on Wednesday.

Snow totals announced by the National Weather Service for the area range from 6 to 12 inches across the Portland metropolitan area as of 4 a.m. Just before 6:45 a.m., the NWS Portland forecasting office Tweeted that there was about 14.5 inches of snow on the ground in the West Hills.

The depth of snow was measured as low as 4 inches in Sherwood but was generally higher elsewhere, with Portland proper seeing 8 to 12 inches and Hillsboro receiving about 9 inches, according to the NWS.



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