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Portland metro area prepares for another round of snow

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Portlanders are preparing for another snowstorm that is expected to hit Wednesday afternoon.

Commuters, whether driving, walking or biking, admit the sooner you get a head start in your travel, the better.

Last week's storm brought on icy roads, terrible traffic and delays around the city.

One biker we spoke to said he bikes, rain or shine, but he makes sure to give his vehicle a full body check before he heads out the door.

“You have to make sure the lights are fully charged, they have indicators, they’re not indicated now," Tim said. “I have to check the tire pressure, I feel it but I have a gauge at home. Make sure the brakes feel good, not too spongy and they’re stopping as they’re supposed to do.”

A woman named Theresa said she drives to work daily, but she without a doubt check her tires for good tread when she knows the weather is going to be bad.

Theresa said even though she does most of the prep work before she starts driving, a lot of the work is done while you are in the thick of things. She said you need to make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings.

“If it’s slippery and you’re sliding and there’s people walking you have to watch out of those pedestrians because they’re on their feet and they’re not really thinking about cars slipping around.”

Others advocate for taking mass transit when the weather is bad. While last week hosted a number of delays, people agreed it's safer than driving or biking.

“I ended up having to take the aerial tram down and then using the tram that goes from there to downtown so it was kind of a lengthy process but it worked after awhile," Clara Schwab, a Lincoln high student said.

Schwab recalled the storm in 2008 where people got stuck in their homes.

“We all got like backpacks on and we took the buses and the tram down to Safeway.”

Schwab said since then, her family makes sure she is prepared.

"They made me where like these crampons on my shoes and those were really helpful because it’s super icy so I don’t know, I don’t know if it's necessary but it helped.” 

FOX 12 reached out to TriMet on Tuesday, they said they will be monitoring the snowfall on Wednesday.

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