I just got in to work at 5pm Sunday; it only took me about 5 minutes longer than normal! But that’s because my commute is mainly on I-84 and U.S. 26 (Corbett to Beaverton, 37 miles). The good news is that freeways are in excellent shape, mainly wet with just some leftover junk in spots, generally the far left lane. I was able to go normal (or a little above) speed with the light traffic.
The other main roads I drove on were just okay, but still lots of slop left. Once you get on a side road though…what a sloppy slushy mess! We are located on Greenbrier Parkway just off Hwy 26 and it was the worst part of my entire commute; even worse than the solid snow/ice at home. Thick slush/ice pack breaking up; I was all over the place even in my 4Runner. This is what it looks like, probably quite similar to the street outside your home if you don’t live on a main road and don’t have a plow running by.
Luckily the forecast of no precipitation (or very little) worked out great. Other than spots of drizzle we’ve been dry for about 18 hours in the metro area.
By the way, my commute home at midnight last night was really weird, even fewer cars than I have seen while commuting at the same time during previous snow/ice storms. That surprised me since it was a Saturday night; apparently people who party don’t like to drive on ice and snow. In fact from around Gateway to my exit east of Troutdale, I never had a vehicle in sight either ahead of me or behind. It really is nice to just move back and forth across a 3 lane freeway with no one else around. And ODOT crews had it down to just a thin ice/snow layer, so no big bumps or snow chunks…very smooth driving about 40-45 mph the whole way.
Temps just barely climbed above freezing and combined with a sunbreak or two, cleared those main highways/roads a bit. PDX hit 33 today, so far.
Looks like dry weather will continue through at least sunrise Monday. But I haven’t looked at the rest of the forecast so I don’t have any other comments on that. More later when I pull myself together and stare at maps/models.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen