Snow/rain mix will linger into Monday morning
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A wintry mix brought snow to much of the Portland metro area Sunday, just a few days too late for a white Christmas.
A winter weather advisory expired in the Portland area at 6 p.m. Sunday and will continue through 10 p.m. in the Gorge. By sunset, the snow had mostly mixed with rain in the metro area, and will linger through the overnight hours into early Monday morning.
Impromptu snow day
Though snow mainly accumulated on higher elevations, residents of inner Portland spotted flakes throughout the day, though the white stuff didn't stick around for too long as temperatures lingered above freezing.
Dozens made the drive to higher elevations, like Council Crest and Mt. Tabor in Portland, to have some fun in the snow.
"It's fun to finally see some snow in Portland ... we went to Council Crest, the highest spot near our house, to see what the scoop was," Jessie and Lee Jimerson said.
Those traveling near the cascades should expect to take it slow on the roads, as more snow is expected overnight. The National Weather Service says drivers should expect travel difficulties, snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
The snow has caused several crashes on Highway 26 along the Coast Range, according to Washington County Sheriff's Office. Heavy snow and hazardous road conditions shut down Pittock Mansion in Southwest Portland Sunday afternoon, while Portland Police say NW Germantown Road and Skyline Boulevard is impassable as of Sunday evening due to a tree down in the northbound lanes and a car crash in the southbound lanes.
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