February 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
City could still see low snow levels today through Thursday, sticking in hills
(Portland, Ore.) – 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. See the special weather statement at http://tinyurl.com/6nbocg6. 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.
Wind gusts may bring fallen trees, branches, and power lines in streets and yards. Citizens are advised to report debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road or sidewalk in Portland by calling 503-823-1700 and report a downed power line by calling PGE at 503-464-7777. Do not try to free power lines or remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.
City crews applied anti-icing chemical earlier this week when conditions were dry and the storm front was expected to begin as snow. The chemical is applied to bridges, overpasses, steep hills, and known trouble spots around the city to prevent ice from forming and snow from sticking to the pavement. As long as rain remains in the forecast today and tomorrow, the chemical cannot be applied because the rain will just wash it away. Crews are prepared to plow and de-ice in the hills if necessary today.