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Icy road conditions cause major problems for Portland drivers

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Sunday’s winter storm brought a blanket of snow to Portland and the surrounding areas. But freezing rain soon followed and with that came very icy roads.

Roads everywhere are covered in sheets of ice. Many drivers Sunday abandoned their cars on roadways to avoid any spinouts or slides.

Portland Bureau of Transportation has closed several roads including NW Cornell Rd, SW Taylor's Ferry Rd, and SW Vista Rd. Check out the latest road closures here

Dozens of schools, universities, government and public buildings in the area are closed Monday due to weather conditions. See the latest closure list here. 

TriMet Max and bus lines were delayed for part of Sunday. TriMet said buses with chains cannot go faster than 25 mph so riders should plan for extra travel time.

TriMet officials also suspended streetcar services Monday morning due to high levels of ice buildup on the wires. 

Officials reported one incident involving a TriMet bus and power pole.

Officials said the bus was unable to stop while driving on SE Ankeny St. and 122nd Ave. No injuries were reported.

Luckily well-traveled roads like highways and freeways seem to be more slush than ice, although transportation officials still advise drivers to be cautious.

Colder temperatures are expected to linger throughout Monday morning. Commuters should be aware of other drivers and are encouraged to slow down in these conditions. 

Weather officials expect warmer conditions later Monday which could allow some thawing of the ice on the roads. Warmer and dryer temperatures are also expected later this week. 

Check out the latest updates on weather and traffic conditions here.

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