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The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement saying that a strong winter storm front is expected to bring low snow levels late tonight and Tuesday morning in the lower elevations of the Portland metropolitan region. Snow levels could get close to 500 feet or lower Tuesday morning and possibly close to the valley floor in brief heavier showers. The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises travelers to be prepared for winter weather and slippery roads and sidewalks.
If snowfall impacts the Tuesday morning commute, people should avoid driving and take transit if at all possible or delay their trip until conditions improve. Motorists driving in the hills or other chain zones should be ready to use chains if conditions are snowy or icy. In conditions with frost, snow, ice and slush, motorists are advised to slow down, use headlights, allow extra stopping distance and share the road responsibly. Pedestrians and bicyclists should dress warmly and make sure they can be seen. Use lights, wear high visibility clothing, and be cautious crossing streets. For landmark elevation information, view the Portland Plow Map at www.portlandonline.com/transportation/plowmap. [more]