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City prepares for strong winter storm predicted to bring low snow levels today

National and local forecasts are predicting that a strong winter storm front will bring low snow levels to the Portland metropolitan region this afternoon before the late afternoon and evening commute.

City prepares for strong winter stormNational and local forecasts are predicting that a strong winter storm front will bring low snow levels to the Portland metropolitan region this afternoon before the late afternoon and evening commute. Snow levels are expected to settle in near the 500 to 1,000 foot range later tonight and on Wednesday (2/29) through Thursday (3/1).  High winds are also expected with this storm system. The traveling public is advised to be alert for snow later this afternoon and through Thursday, limited visibility, fallen trees and branches or power lines, and widespread snowy, slushy and slippery streets and sidewalks in tonight’s commute and through Thursday.

Because there is still significant uncertainty in the amount, type and distribution of precipitation, the traveling public is advised to make a plan now for today’s evening commute and Wednesday and Thursday commutes; avoid driving on icy, snowy, or slushy streets; take transit if at all possible; or delay their trip until conditions improve. Motorists driving in elevations above 500 feet or on steep hills are advised to carry chains and use them on icy, snowy or slushy streets. [more]

City could still see low snow levels today through Thursday, sticking in hills

The National Weather Service is predicting that cold air and plenty of rain and snow showers will continue across the region today, tonight and Thursday.

Weather Map - February 29, 2012The National Weather Service is predicting that cold air and plenty of rain and snow showers will continue across the region today, tonight and Thursday. Although the best chance of seeing accumulating snow will be at elevations above 500 feet – like the West Hills, Mt. Scott and Mt. Tabor – some intense showers may drop snow briefly to valley floor areas. The traveling public is advised to be prepared for light and spotty snow throughout the city and conditions that may impact travel.

 

Although national and local forecasts say that showers and the threat of snow accumulation should decrease considerably by Thursday afternoon, the public is advised to be alert and continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Conditions can change quickly and can vary considerably throughout the city, given its geography. Portlanders are  encouraged to take transit if possible and not to drive on snowy, slushy, or icy streets. If you must drive, be ready to use chains, especially in elevations above 500 feet. The website www.PublicAlerts.org provides information on forecasts, transit schedules, service alerts, road conditions, warming shelters and other services for vulnerable populations. [more]