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Heavy Rain, Freezing Rain Follow Week Of Snow, Cold For Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Interstate 84 in both directions between Troutdale and Hood River due to icy conditions just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Rain and freezing rain rolled into the Portland metro area early Tuesday afternoon. Roads in and around the city grew slick with new precipitation on top of melting snow left over from last week's storm.

The National Weather Service in Portland issued an ice storm warning for the greater Portland metro area, the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River and Wind River valleys as well as most valleys within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest early Tuesday. The warning called for freezing rain Tuesday and Wednesday for most areas below 1,500 feet east of the Coast Range.

The pending winter weather prompted Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro school districts to cancel school Tuesday. In the Gorge, the list of school closings included Hood River County, White Salmon and Stevenson-Carson school districts, among others. The Vancouver School District is on a 2-hour delay.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has been running crews around the clock since the snowstorm that blanketed much of the state last week. ODOT spokesperson Don Hamilton said they didn't slow down efforts ahead of Tuesday's expected freezing rain.

"We’ve had our crews out all night getting ready for this. We’ve been trying to put some de-icer on the roads. And the next tool we’re going to have after we’ve got ice actually hitting is going to be put sand on the roads, which will improve traction.

"The most effective piece that can happen is people need to stay off the roads," he said.

As of now ODOT has not closed any major highways or issued chain requirements, but Hamilton said both are options as they continue to monitor the weather Tuesday. Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge is one road they're paying special attention to. The NWS is calling for up to 1.5 inches of ice accumulation in the Gorge Tuesday.

"We will close that if that seems to be unsafe out there, and that will stay closed until we’re convinced that the road is safe again to reopen. Conditions are calling for that stay icy and to stay frozen probably through Wednesday," Hamilton added.

Portland area transit has reduced service Tuesday morning in anticipation of the bad weather. TriMet has adjusted its MAX Blue, Green and Red lines and the Orange and Yellow lines won’t run as frequently as usual.

More than 20 bus lines are canceled Tuesday morning as well, with others are running on snow routes. All buses have chains on to begin the day. Public transit riders could see long delays. Portland area TriMet riders can check trimet.org/alerts for updates on service.

The NWS says occasional light freezing rain is expected to begin Tuesday morning before picking up again in the afternoon. The freezing rain isn't the only problem, however, as much of the region has failed to thaw out since a major snowstorm blew through nearly a week ago. Rain on top of the thawing could lead to flooding for many areas in the coming days.

"We could definitely see some river flooding Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. But the biggest threat will be the small stream and urban flooding due to the melting snow and ice," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Will Ahue.

The Register-Guard reports that the southern Willamette Valley could see as much as 1.5 inches of rain between Tuesday and Friday as the weather system moves in from the south. Though the NWS said early Tuesday that Eugene and the southern Willamette Valley will likely miss out on freezing rain as temperatures climbed above freezing before sunrise Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees for the greater Willamette Valley on Tuesday and 50 degrees on Wednesday.

High winds are forecast along the coast with gusts upwards of 60 mph on the headlands and in coastal communities.

<p>Two men work to clear tracks for cars on a steep street in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Sub-freezing temperatures threaten to coat the region in another layer of ice as a major storm system moves into the area Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.</p>
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<p>Two men work to clear tracks for cars on a steep street in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Sub-freezing temperatures threaten to coat the region in another layer of ice as a major storm system moves into the area Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.</p>
<p>Early morning traffic slides by stranded cars in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Schools were closed and more than 5,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power Thursday as the Portland area recovers from a snowstorm.</p>
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<p>Early morning traffic slides by stranded cars in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Schools were closed and more than 5,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power Thursday as the Portland area recovers from a snowstorm.</p>
<p>Snow covers the fields and the cows on Katherine Cory's farm in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>Snow covers the fields and the cows on Katherine Cory's farm in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Sun sets over the Willamette River in Portland on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, after a brutal snowstorm earlier in the week.</p>
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<p>Sun sets over the Willamette River in Portland on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, after a brutal snowstorm earlier in the week.</p>
<p>With Clackamas County schools closed for snow, students took the opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>With Clackamas County schools closed for snow, students took the opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>View from the Sellwood Bridge, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>View from the Sellwood Bridge, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>PGE worked through the morning and early afternoon to restore power to thousands of Clackamas County residents, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Ann McGarry</p> /
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<p>PGE worked through the morning and early afternoon to restore power to thousands of Clackamas County residents, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>The winter storm&nbsp;transformed some of Portland's streets into slippery, snowy gridlock.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>The winter storm&nbsp;transformed some of Portland's streets into slippery, snowy gridlock.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Southwest Portland</p>
<p>Roxy De La Torre</p> /
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<p>Southwest Portland</p>
<p>The Oregon Zoo is closed due to the amount snow. Apparently the cheetahs didn't get the notice.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>The Oregon Zoo is closed due to the amount snow. Apparently the cheetahs didn't get the notice.&nbsp;</p>
<p>A view from downtown Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Troy Dudash</p> /
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<p>A view from downtown Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Khalleeah Sparks (right) pulls her god daughter, Mylai, in a makeshift sled with Glynnis Woods on their way to the grocery store.</p>
<p class="x_MsoNormal">Conrad Wilson</p><p>&nbsp;</p> /
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<p>Khalleeah Sparks (right) pulls her god daughter, Mylai, in a makeshift sled with Glynnis Woods on their way to the grocery store.</p>
<p>An park turns into a winter playground during Oregon's snowstorm.</p>
<p>Roxy De La Torre</p> /
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<p>An park turns into a winter playground during Oregon's snowstorm.</p>
<p>Sami Christensen (left) and Maddee Rubenson made their way down Northeast Dekum Street in Portland in skis on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>Sami Christensen (left) and Maddee Rubenson made their way down Northeast Dekum Street in Portland in skis on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Jeff Brugato, with Pacific Coast Fruit&nbsp;Company, was making deliveries in Portland. He said many restaurants are either closed or opening late, and the roads have become more slippery throughout the day.</p>
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<p>Jeff Brugato, with Pacific Coast Fruit&nbsp;Company, was making deliveries in Portland. He said many restaurants are either closed or opening late, and the roads have become more slippery throughout the day.</p>
<p>Raking snow off the roof in Bend.</p>
<div>Martin Hofmann</div><p>&nbsp;</p> /
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<p>Raking snow off the roof in Bend.</p>
<p>In Ontario, Oregon, Rob Haun helps plow a path to his business.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Marcy Ozawa</p> /
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<p>In Ontario, Oregon, Rob Haun helps plow a path to his business.&nbsp;</p>
<p><span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_69_337" tabindex="0">Sam Piva (in the navy bill cap with gold letters) drove his Honda S2000 up from Eugene Tuesday night,&nbsp;encountering little trouble on I-5 or I-205,&nbsp;and was a half block from his home when it got stuck&nbsp;in the snow-filled streets at the western base of Rocky Butte&nbsp;around</span>&nbsp;10:30 p.m. On&nbsp;Wednesday morning, carpenter Tracy Terry pitched in and&nbsp;tried to pull Piva's car out of the drift by hooking it to his truck but they couldn't dig it free and&nbsp;had to abandon it. Piva is a recent University of Oregon graduate who just started work as a graphic designer at the Hive&nbsp;agency on the inner East Side.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Jo Mancuso</p> /
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<p><span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_69_337" tabindex="0">Sam Piva (in the navy bill cap with gold letters) drove his Honda S2000 up from Eugene Tuesday night,&nbsp;encountering little trouble on I-5 or I-205,&nbsp;and was a half block from his home when it got stuck&nbsp;in the snow-filled streets at the western base of Rocky Butte&nbsp;around</span>&nbsp;10:30 p.m. On&nbsp;Wednesday morning, carpenter Tracy Terry pitched in and&nbsp;tried to pull Piva's car out of the drift by hooking it to his truck but they couldn't dig it free and&nbsp;had to abandon it. Piva is a recent University of Oregon graduate who just started work as a graphic designer at the Hive&nbsp;agency on the inner East Side.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Portland's downtown park blocks transformed by the snow.</p>
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<p>Portland's downtown park blocks transformed by the snow.</p>
<p>Snow surrounds the Willamette in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Roxy De La Torre</p> /
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<p>Snow surrounds the Willamette in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>A street in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood of Portland.</p>
<p>Todd Witter</p> /
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<p>A street in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood of Portland.</p>
<p>Bikes locked up under inches of packed snow in Portland.</p>
<p>Sage Van Wing</p> /
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<p>Bikes locked up under inches of packed snow in Portland.</p>
<p>Stuart Drive is a popular sledding spot on Alameda Ridge in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Jeff Mapes</p> /
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<p>Stuart Drive is a popular sledding spot on Alameda Ridge in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>PGE worked through the morning and early afternoon to restore power to thousands of Clackamas County residents, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Ann McGarry</p> /
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<p>PGE worked through the morning and early afternoon to restore power to thousands of Clackamas County residents, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Snow removal trucks drive down Highway 99 in Milwaukie carrying buckets full of snow, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Ann McGarry</p> /
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<p>Snow removal trucks drive down Highway 99 in Milwaukie carrying buckets full of snow, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Safety tape marks off a downed power line in SE Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>Safety tape marks off a downed power line in SE Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Children take to the hills of Sabin during another snow day for Portland Public Schools, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Rob Manning</p> /
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<p>Children take to the hills of Sabin during another snow day for Portland Public Schools, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>A large tree limb fell on the steps of the Central Library in downtown Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>A large tree limb fell on the steps of the Central Library in downtown Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>TriMet works to fix a line in downtown Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Roxy De La Torre</p> /
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<p>TriMet works to fix a line in downtown Portland, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>The snow piles high in Bend&nbsp;where a man shovels his driveway.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Nicole Sabatier</p> /
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<p>The snow piles high in Bend&nbsp;where a man shovels his driveway.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Oregon State Police warns travelers that a traditionally busy section of Interstate 5 was "a parking lot."</p>
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<p>Oregon State Police warns travelers that a traditionally busy section of Interstate 5 was "a parking lot."</p>
<p>A view of a snowy&nbsp;morning in Lake Oswego, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Ivy Augusta</p> /
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<p>A view of a snowy&nbsp;morning in Lake Oswego, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Reporter <a href="http://www.opb.org/contributor/jeff-mapes/" target="_blank">Jeff Mapes</a> measures the snow gathered on his deck railing in Southeast Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Jeff Mapes</p> /
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<p>Reporter <a href="http://www.opb.org/contributor/jeff-mapes/" target="_blank">Jeff Mapes</a> measures the snow gathered on his deck railing in Southeast Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>A scene from a neighborhood in Gresham, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Varittha Franko</p> /
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<p>A scene from a neighborhood in Gresham, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>"Happy car. Happy Valley (Oregon)."&nbsp;</p>
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<p>"Happy car. Happy Valley (Oregon)."&nbsp;</p>
<p>Snowfall at the Portland International Airport.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Steve Bass</p> /
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<p>Snowfall at the Portland International Airport.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Walker Road in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Nate Sjol</p> /
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<p>Walker Road in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Willow McCormick celebrates the snowstorm.</p>
<p>Chris Lael</p><p>&nbsp;</p> /
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<p>Willow McCormick celebrates the snowstorm.</p>
<p>A scene from a snowed in Northwest Portland</p>
<p>Jule Gilfillan</p> /
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<p>A scene from a snowed in Northwest Portland</p>
<p>A&nbsp;calm in the storm in Oak Grove, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Ed Jahn</p> /
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<p>A&nbsp;calm in the storm in Oak Grove, Oregon.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The snowfalls on Tilikum Crossing.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Christof Teuscher</p> /
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<p>The snowfalls on Tilikum Crossing.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Snow continues to pile&nbsp;up on a trail along the Willamette River.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Dave Miller</p> /
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<p>Snow continues to pile&nbsp;up on a trail along the Willamette River.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Snow covers the fields and the cows on Katherine Cory's farm in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Katherine Cory</p> /
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<p>Snow covers the fields and the cows on Katherine Cory's farm in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>The heavy snowfall left some side streets closed in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sarah Rothenfluch</p> /
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<p>The heavy snowfall left some side streets closed in Portland.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The snow did not keep people from getting their coffee in Northeast&nbsp;Portland on Wednesday morning.</p>
<p class="x_MsoNormal">Conrad Wilson</p><p>&nbsp;</p> /
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<p>The snow did not keep people from getting their coffee in Northeast&nbsp;Portland on Wednesday morning.</p>
<p>People roll a giant snowball across Southeast 13th Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>People roll a giant snowball across Southeast 13th Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Cars drive through the intersection of Southeast 13th and Tacoma in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>Cars drive through the intersection of Southeast 13th and Tacoma in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Snow covers the sign for Thai Lahna restaurant on Southeast 13th Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>Snow covers the sign for Thai Lahna restaurant on Southeast 13th Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>A bicyclist pulls into a New Seasons grocery store on Tacoma Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>A bicyclist pulls into a New Seasons grocery store on Tacoma Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>A car drives north on Tacoma Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>A car drives north on Tacoma Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Snow pummeled the Portland area on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>Snow pummeled the Portland area on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.</p>
<p>Snow blanketed Portland streets, such as this one in the northeast part of the city, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Conrad Wilson</p> /
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<p>Snow blanketed Portland streets, such as this one in the northeast part of the city, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>People wait for an Orange Line MAX train at the Southeast Bybee Boulevard station in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>People wait for an Orange Line MAX train at the Southeast Bybee Boulevard station in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>An Orange Line MAX train departs the Southeast Bybee Boulevard station toward Milwaukie in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>An Orange Line MAX train departs the Southeast Bybee Boulevard station toward Milwaukie in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>A bicyclist heads north on Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>A bicyclist heads north on Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>A fallen tree blocks the intersection of Lambert Street and Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>A fallen tree blocks the intersection of Lambert Street and Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Many parts of Portland saw several inches of snowfall Tuesday night into Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, leaving side streets like Lambert Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood covered.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>Many parts of Portland saw several inches of snowfall Tuesday night into Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, leaving side streets like Lambert Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood covered.</p>
<p>Fairlane Coffee was one of few businesses open Wednesday morning in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>Bradley W. Parks</p> /
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<p>Fairlane Coffee was one of few businesses open Wednesday morning in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
<p>A man shovels the walk outside Northwest Primary Care on Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>
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<p>A man shovels the walk outside Northwest Primary Care on Milwaukie Avenue in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.</p>

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