The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for winter weather and slick road conditions starting Sunday, February 18th and continuing at least through Monday morning. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways, particularly at high elevations. Overnight freezing is a possibility which will make for icy conditions for Monday morning's commute.
PBOT crews will be patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed starting Sunday and continuing during the Presidents' Day holiday.
The 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
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.
Source: Portland Bureau of Transportation