Western Washington County wakes to more snow Wednesday
It wasn't as bad as forecasters feared, but heavier snow did indeed arrive Tuesday evening, Feb. 20, leaving an inch or more of the white stuff on the ground throughout the Portland metro area.
In western Washington County, the Forest Grove, Banks, Gaston and Hillsboro school districts all announced they will be closed for the day. In Forest Grove and Banks, the closure makes Wednesday, Feb. 21, the fifth consecutive day without school, with Monday's observance of Presidents' Day. To the north, the Vernonia School District is also closed Wednesday.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office warned Wednesday morning that with temperatures below freezing, roads appearing to be wet may actually be covered in ice.
No, that isnâ€™t rainwater on the roads. Most surface streets are ice covered, even if they look bare. If you have to go out this morning, drive slowly, leave space, and brake and accelerate gently #slowdown #gettheresafely pic.twitter.com/9BPuUFK5yG— WC Sheriff's Office (@WCSheriff) February 21, 2018
The National Weather Service had warned that temperatures could fall to near or below freezing and snow could arrive in force in the metro area before or during Tuesday's evening commute. But that morning prediction turned out to be off-base, with the bulk of the weather system not moving in until after sunset.
Heavier accumulations were reported to the north and at higher elevations.
The late-winter outburst might not be done yet, either.
The NWS' Portland office stated on Twitter Wednesday morning that there is "a pretty good chance" it will snow again Wednesday evening.
So, maybe you're ready or maybe you're not for more snow. It looks like there's a pretty good chance for some more snow coming tonight, including the possibility for some light accumulations at low elevations. Keep track of the forecast for your area at https://t.co/6KyhfyFbl6— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) February 21, 2018
The daytime high temperature in the NWS' forecast for Forest Grove Wednesday is 40 degrees, as of 8 a.m. But temperatures are forecast to fall again after dusk, with the overnight low temperature down in the 20s.
TriMet buses, including line 57 between Forest Grove and Beaverton, are chained Wednesday. The transit agency advised that riders may experience delays, as the chains limit buses to 25 mph.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information on weather impacts and closures.
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