(Dec. 22, 2017) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for winter weather and slick road conditions through Monday, December 25. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways, particularly at high elevations and overnight when temperatures may drop below freezing.
The traveling public is advised to use caution when traveling through the holiday weekend. Locations at or above 500 feet could experience slick road conditions and wet areas could freeze overnight. PBOT crews will be patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed throughout the holiday weekend.
The weekend forecasts are changing and variable. The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.
The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow
Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.
WATCH FOR BLACK ICE
Black ice is defined as ice that remains on roadways that are not subjected to direct sunlight. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Black ice is almost invisible to the naked eye. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach.
LOOK OUT FOR PEOPLE WALKING AND BIKING
Be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Share the Road safely and responsibly.
CARRY AN EMERGENCY WEATHER KIT
Carry an emergency weather kit in your vehicle to help keep you safe and more comfortable during long waits. Your kit should include chains, battery jumper cables, first aid kit, shovel, basic tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife), blanket, extra clothing (hats, socks, boots, and mittens), flashlight, bag of sand, and cellular phone or CB Radio.
View additional winter weather travel tips here.
During a storm, PBOT crews will work 24/7 to ensure that on our designated snow routes there will be one lane in each direction that is clear and passable as soon as possible after the storm is over. That means that front wheel drive vehicles or vehicles with traction devices will be able to get through.