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. 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]