Freezing fog for morning commute; Portland cancels classes


by Staff

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

PORTLAND – Freezing fog and black ice are creating awful conditions for the Wednesday morning commute throughout the Portland area.

The Vancouver School District, Evergreen School District and Portland Public Schools canceled classes because of the driving danger.

More: Complete school closure, delay list

"We're at or below freezing just about everywhere, which means freezing fog and slick roads for basically the entire area," said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.

The fog should turn to partly sunny skies in the afternoon with temperatures in the 30s, he said. The fog will probably not burn off from Salem south.


Westbound lanes of I-84 at I-205 were closed for a time due to an accident. Two accidents were also reported on I-5 southbound at Ridgefield. All freeways moved slowly through the morning commute.

Live traffic map  Traffic Cameras

Temperatures briefly climbed above freezing Tuesday afternoon, the first time it's been that warm since December 4.


As cold conditions began to relent Tuesday afternoon, many schools remained closed or opened late. However, Oregon State University which shuttered over the weekend, resumed  classes Tuesday, despite significant snow.

Several flights at Portland International Airport were delayed or canceled Tuesday due to poor weather conditions at their destination cities. See the list

The recent cold weather snap may be connected to one death in Longview Wash., police said Monday.  A woman found outside her retirement home Thursday morning died of hypothermia, investigators said.

More: Woman found frozen to death in Longview

The coldest night of this cold snap came overnight Saturday with temperatures at Portland International Airport dipping down to 13 degrees. Temperatures created spectacular scuptured ice at Columbia Gorge waterfalls throughout the weekend.

Raw video of ice breaking off Multnomah Falls

Severe Weather Alerts

In Salem, temperatures were as low as 8 degrees, but that was nothing compared with Eugene, which saw -10 degrees, coming within 2 degrees of a record low.

Forecast  |  Temperature maps  |  Wind Chill

The arctic air blast followed a wild weather pattern Friday that brought a dusting of snow to the Metro area, anywhere from 1 to 2 inches in Southwest Washington, and the Oregon Coast, and all the way up to 9 inches in Albany and Corvallis.

KGW viewers have used the hashtag #KGWweather on Twitter and Instagram to share local images and conditions. You can also let us know via our KGW Facebook page or submit your photos here.

Download the FREE Portland Weather mobile app