PORTLAND – Portland-area commuters will see a cold start to the day, with patches of dense fog that may create icy conditions, though most roads in the metro area appeared passable. Streets in Wilsonville to the southern Willamette Valley were icy.
Dawn temperatures were in the 20s, according to KGW meteorologist Nick Allard, with an afternoon high of 38.
In Portland, noon temps will be around 34 creating a slight chance of freezing rain. Portland schools were scheduled to open on time.
In the valley, an incoming front may not be strong enough to create a thaw. Corvallis again closed schools for the day Thursday. Wilsonville schools were delayed two hours. There is a stronger chance of freezing rain in those areas today, Allard said.
Just in case of Portland-area ice, road crews were ready with de-icer, plows and sanders.
"Ice is always the most dangerous thing that we can find on the roads," said Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation. "There is never a safe way to be driving on the ice and the smart decision in most cases is to stay off icy roads, stick it out, wait until the ice is melted and wait until the roads are clear again."
During the Wednesday morning commute, Westbound lanes of I-84 at I-205 were closed for a time because of an accident blamed on freezing fog. Two other serious accidents were also reported on I-5 southbound at Ridgefield. All freeways moved slowly through the morning commute.
The ice also prompted the Portland Public School District to cancel all classes for the day.
Temperatures briefly climbed above freezing Tuesday afternoon, the first time it's been that warm since December 4.
Several flights at Portland International Airport were delayed or canceled Tuesday due to poor weather conditions at their destination cities. See the list