Have you been crossing your fingers for some snow in this dryer-than-usual winter? Then the latest FOX 12 weather forecast may make your ears perk up.
A trace to 1 inch of snow is possible anywhere in the lowlands of the Portland metro area between sunset Saturday and sunset Sunday. FOX 12 meteorologists say it will be cold enough for snow showers during that period.
At higher elevations around town, like the West Hills, there's a chance of 1 to 3 inches of snow. That's where residents were getting ready Friday for the possibility of the city's first snowfall.
"When we have ice storms in the West Hills, it's quite common that the power goes out from anywhere to a couple hours to a day and a half," said Ed Kushener, who lives in the area.
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Jill Habernigg, who lives near Council Crest Park, said she's ready for the worst-case scenario. She has her chains ready to go.
"Going down the hills if they haven't been plowed properly, it's really hard," she said.
If roads become snow-covered, the city is asking everyone to avoid driving on icy, snowy or slushy streets if possible or to at least delay their trip until conditions improve.
To be prepared and safe, essential equipment for everyone is a snow shovel, sand or de-icing granules, traction devices, a flashlight and extra food and water. Have a package or two of de-icing granules ready for de-icing steps and sidewalks. Residents are encouraged to help family members and neighbors get supplies like food or medications before a storm hits the Portland area.
Transportation crews are keeping an eye on the conditions and continuing routine operations to keep streets safe and clean. Additional road crews will be assigned to after-hours operations Sunday night and Monday night in anticipation of colder temperatures.
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