Freezing temps and roads a concern for Saturday night, Sunday morning

City streets in Fairview and Gresham were still covered in ice and snow Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2019. (KATU Photo)

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Saturday night and into the 20s overnight, freezing any moisture still on the roads left over from the day’s earlier snow storm.

Most of the snow that fell early Saturday morning did so in east Multnomah County and in Southwest Washington. Several crashes occurred in several places in the metro area. On the west side and south of Portland, most residents there saw only traces of snow, if any.

But for those who did get snow, the result in many cases was a picturesque scene of snow-covered land. Many KATU viewers submitted photos showing beautiful landscapes. | Submit Your Videos and Photos via Chime In

While the Winter Storm Warning and Advisory has ended for most of the metro area and the valley, KATU weather expert Joe English said Saturday afternoon, the bitter east wind from the Columbia River Gorge will continue through Saturday night and into Sunday morning. This will help plunge temperatures into the low 20s.

Thus, Sunday morning drivers should use caution. Roads were already iced up in east County on Saturday night, including places like Gresham and Fairview.

There will also be off-and-on snow showers in those places that have already gotten snow. There could be another inch of accumulation.

But most of Sunday will be cold and dry. By the late afternoon, however, the winds will shift and come from the southwest. This will warm things up a bit, except on the east side.

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Road closures had already started Saturday evening. In Multnomah County, Northeast 238th is closed between Arata and Glisan, and Corbett Hill Road in the Gorge is closed between I-84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Portland International Airport was still dealing with ongoing flight delays and cancellations. Many of the cancellations Saturday involved Alaska Airlines because of backups for flights coming to and from SeaTac.

TriMet said early evening that it services were running without problem through much of the region. Many of its buses were chained up and will remain so until weather conditions improve. Buses that are running on chains cannot go faster than 25 mph. TriMet encourages its riders to allow extra time, dress warmly and check trimet.org/alerts for updates.

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