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Crashes snarl roads as motorists fight slippery conditions, officials urge residents to stay home.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MARK GARBER - Parts of the Gresham area, like Gresham Butte, saw five to six inches of snow Saturday, Feb. 9, as the snowstorm hit mostly north and east of the Portland during the day.

UPDATE: To the delight of dogs and children — and no doubt the ire of cats, delivery drivers and other weekend workers who must keep the wheels of commerce churning — a much-heralded blanket of snow covered parts of the Portland area overnight.

Portions of Northeast Portland reported 3.9 inches of snowfall by 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, according to the National Weather Service.

The slide was slick with snow at Khunamokwst Park in the Cully neighborhood — but that didn't bother David, 8, who used the drifts at the bottom of the slide as a fluffy crash pillow.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - David, 8, delights in the snow-covered Khunamokwst Park in Portland's Cully neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 9. "I like it, the snow, but if it snows all the time I'd never go to school," he said, indicating that he'd miss attending Creative Science School.

In nearby Rigler Elementary, 14-year-old Madison High freshman Ishmael used the freezy breeze as an opportunity ... to shoot hoops and sink freethrows.

Ishmael, who roots for the Trail Blazers, said he didn't plan on partaking in traditional activities such as making snowangels or a snowman. "I like it when it's this time," he said. "You have fun with your family, together."

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Ishmael, a 14-year-old student at Madison High School in Portland, used the snowfall as an excuse to play b-ball on Saturday, Feb. 9.

With more snowfall on the horizon and a lingering chill, city and Multnomah County officials scrambled to open a fourth severe weather shelter at the Mt. Scott Community Center.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services had already opened Bud Clark Commons, Imago Dei and the Sunrise Center to people in need of overnight shelter, for a total of more than 2,000 beds available Saturday night.

Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd Ave., will be open to adults, couples and pets from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. About 655 of those beds are open just for the winter, while another 1,365 are open year round.

County officials are seeking donations at 2-1-1.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Photos show the lack of snow in Hillsboro, left, and Lake Oswegon on Saturday, Feb. 9.

TriMet officials reported that the regional transit service is "rolling well," while asking riders to plan some extra time before trips, noting that road conditions and temperatures will inevitably change.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MARK GARBER - Snowboarders practiced their runs in Gresham, where between five and six inches of snow fell.MAX trains are said to running without issue, while most buses are operating with chains. At least six lines are traveling along detour routes, and others are moving slower than usual.

LIFT paratransit service is only providing access for medical trips at this time.

There was snow reason for panic in sections of the metro region, with residents from Lake Oswego to Hillsboro reporting either a light dusting or bare ground.

And while many media outlets reported empty shelves at local grocery markets, foodstuffs and other supplies appeared to be well stocked by mid-day Saturday.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - The produce section at Albertsons, 5850 N.E. Prescott St., was well stocked on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Portland.

Read a previous updates by KOIN 6 News below:

KOIN 6 NEWS - Early Saturday snow in Portland.Snow arrived as predicted in the Portland area overnight, aided by dropping temperatures that created the right conditions for it to stick.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MARK GARBER - Gresham snowplows cleared neighborhood streets Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9.Crashes had snarled traffic on several major roads by early morning, including I-205 near Portland International Airport. TriMet buses were running on chains and some lines were canceled. Riders are urged to check for updates at trimet.org/#alerts.

The National Weather Service tweeted early Saturday there are reports of 4 inches of snow or more in the east side of the Portland metro and Clark County.

Saturday morning will see freezing temps around the metro and in the 20s in the Columbia River Gorge.

KOIN 6 News Chief Meteorologist Natasha Stenbock said snow totals at Portland International Airport may end up around 1 to 3 inches by Saturday night, with higher totals on the eastern side of the Portland metro area. Southwest Washington through Clark County and the Gorge will also see those higher snow totals.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Chris Mohonich, whose dad, Rudy, owns Sirena & Rudy's Barbershop, shoveled snow in front of the downtown Forest Grove salon Saturday morning.But it doesn't end there.

Beginning Sunday night there are more opportunities for accumulating snow through Wednesday -- which may bring school delays or cancellations.

The snow first started accumulating earlier Friday evening in outlying areas like Kelso and Troutdale, but soon reached all areas at or above the 500 foot level.

Several institutions announced they were closed Saturday, including Portland Community College, the Portland Children's Museum, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and Saturday Academy. Michelle Obama postponed her Saturday appearance at the Moda Center until March 19.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. You can find an earlier Portland Tribune story with links to more information here.TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Winston, a 20-month old English Lab, noses around the slush in Portland on Saturday, Feb. 9.