PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — Temperatures started to warm Monday morning, but overnight freezing temperatures returned the region to icy conditions for the commute.
Conditions are especially bad near the Gorge.
The Reynolds, Gresham-Barlow and David Douglas school districts canceled Monday classes, as did Portland Public Schools. The Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin, Gresham, Hillsboro and Lake Oswego initially planned late starts, but then announced full-day closures as the snow returned around 7 a.m.
While many portions of the region’s freeways were clear of ice, police still warned of slick overpasses and bridges.
The conditions shut down MAX trains between Gateway and the Portland International Airport and replaced them with shuttle buses. The Yellow Line between the Expo Center and the Rose Quarter was also being served by buses. Check here for updates.
By 10 a.m. the Portland area should see a more typical pattern of valley rain showers and mountain snow showers, said KGW meteorologist Chris McGinness. The snow level, after being high Sunday, will drop down to 1,000 feet, which means there could be non-accumulating snow showers in the West Hills and areas higher than 1,000 feet.
Expect valley rain to return Tuesday as temperatures stay above freezing. Valley snow could come back Wednesday as a storm moves into the southern Oregon coast, once again drawing air cold enough for snow through the Gorge and into the northern Willamette Valley.
Public transit, power disruptions
The Blue and Green MAX lines were temporarily closed Sunday. Other service lines were slowed because of the ice storm. Check here for updates.
In Portland, ice and wind didn’t just affect public transit, they also brought down some trees and power lines and put many people out of power across the Portland area.
One family was surprised when a large tree smashed into their bedroom Sunday morning.
Hundreds of PGE customers remained without power Monday, an improvement over the thousands during the peak of the ice storm.
Several dozen flights at PDX were canceled Monday morning, down from the 100 or so Sunday.
Snow and ice caused dozens of crashes in the Portland area, and even more so in Salem and Eugene on Saturday. Portland got about .8 inch of snow, Salem got 3 inches and Eugene saw 4.5 inches.
The Oregon Department of Transportation used road salt in the Portland metro area for the first time on Highway 26 Saturday night.
Snow in the gorge
In the central Columbia River Gorge, including Hood River, heavy snow was followed by ice.