PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than a foot of snow fell in some parts of the Portland metro area on January 10 and 11, disabling the city once again.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been hard at work clearing streets, with a little help from their Seattle counterparts.
Despite the fact that is hasn’t snowed in more than 24 hours, the streets are still caked with snow and ice. Highways are left lumpy messes from chained vehicles that create a washboard effect on the snowy surfaces.
Some drivers are still traveling with several inches of snow on top of their cars, which KOIN learned isn’t technically illegal, but can become dangerous and lead to accidents if it obstructs the driver’s vision.
“Just plan ahead, get to your vehicle, warm it up and scrape off that ice and snow before you travel,” Capt. Bill Fugate with Oregon State Police said.
Many people had to abandon their cars again, including one man whose Chrysler got stuck on Tuesday.
“He was stopped there because of all the trucks that crashed,” the man’s wife, Kathy Clark said. “He was stuck there with a bunch of other cars for about 3 hours, not moving. Then he was going to go downtown to where he works for the night.”
Clark said they tried to get the car out yesterday but couldn’t. They will likely need to be towed out, especially because the car is nearly out of gas.
David Bowers finally got a chance to dig out his car on Thursday after leaving it in the snow. He says he’s lucky it wasn’t towed.
“It’s my first day of getting out here to actually try to get it moved and out of the snow,”
TriMet also experienced continued issues due to snow. Ten bus lines were cancelled Thursday and will not run Friday morning either. Those are lines 10, 18, 34,38, 39, 43, 50, 51, 55, 63, 65.
Some MAX trains will be running overnight to keep ice off the overhead wires.