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. 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]