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Winter Travel Advisory for MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend

The following information was issued by the Portland Bureau of Transportation:


A storm front is predicted to head into the Portland Metro area this weekend and early next week, with temperatures cold enough to result in rain/snow mix on the valley floor, with little or no accumulation below 500 feet and up to one inch above 500 feet. Although details are still uncertain, the City urges everyone to be prepared. The traveling public is advised to be alert for snow and ice on streets and sidewalks and limited visibility Sunday morning through Wednesday morning.

Landmark elevations at or above 1,000 feet in Portland include Council Crest at 1,073 feet, Mount Scott at 1,050 feet and the top of West Burnside at 950 feet. Elevations at or above 500 feet include the Sunset Highway/Sylvan exit, Mount Tabor, I-5 near Capitol Highway, Rocky Butte, Powell Butte, Washington Park, Kelly Butte, OHSU, and Barbur Transit Center. For more elevation information, view the Portland Plow Map at www.portlandonline.com/transportation/plowmap.

The public is advised to make a plan now for their weekend travels and weekday commutes. People should avoid driving on icy, snowy, or slushy streets; take transit if at all possible; or delay their trip until conditions improve. [more]