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Snow hits Portland again; traffic gridlocked all around metro area

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Wednesday's snow storm had traffic backed up all around the metro area (Image: ODOT) Wednesday's snow storm had traffic backed up all around the metro area (Image: ODOT)

The second snowstorm in the span of a week gridlocked traffic and left students stuck at schools throughout the Portland metro area Wednesday. 

The anticipated storm arrived by the early afternoon, with strong flurries reported throughout the area by 1 p.m.  

Within a few hours, traffic was gridlocked in and around Portland, with lengthy delays on all major roadways. A number of Multnomah County roads were closed due to snow, ice and abandoned cars, including Northwest Germantown Road between Skyline Boulevard and Kaiser Road. Northwest Cornelius Pass Road was open to traffic and considered the best alternate route. 

By 6:55 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation announced that chains or traction tires were required for all vehicles from Interstate 5 south of Salem at Milepost 244 to Portland. 

"Motorists should avoid traveling this evening on any roads in northwest Oregon," according to an ODOT statement. 

TriMet and the Portland Streetcar experienced system-wide delays due to the weather and traffic conditions Wednesday. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation declared a parking meter amnesty for cars legally parked in city meter districts until noon Thursday to encourage people to leave their cars and take alternate ways out of the city center. 

The storm was expected to bring a half inch to 2 inches of snow in and around Portland, with some spots possibly receiving 3 inches of snow.

Freezing rain was not in the forecast for the latest storm, but all the snow on the ground was expected to remain there for Thursday morning's commute.

The snow was expected to continue falling in the metro area through 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

Portland General Electric is reporting that more than 2,700 customers are without power as of 10:15 p.m. 2,500 of those customers are located in Estacada, and PGE says the power will not be returning until 4 p.m. Friday.

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Many districts announced the cancellation of after-school programs and activities Wednesday, while others, including Salem-Keizer Public Schools and the Lake Oswego School District, announced schools would close two hours early. 

Many districts kept schools open for the full day, however, including Portland Public Schools. 

A decision about classes Thursday for Portland Public Schools will be announced by 6 a.m., according to a statement from the district. Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver Public Schools and the Oregon City School District were among the districts that announced Wednesday night that schools would be closed Thursday. 

CLOSURES: Updated list of school closures and cancellations

School buses were seen stuck on roads throughout the area late Wednesday afternoon and evening. 

A number of districts reported that students were stuck at schools waiting for buses or their parents well into Wednesday evening, including upward of 60 students at Clackamas High School. 

Woodburn to Eugene was expected to see 2 to 5 inches of snow, with freezing rain in some areas, according to FOX 12 meteorologists.

The Oregon coast was expected to remain mainly dry Wednesday. The Gorge should get upward of 6 inches of snow by midnight. By 2 p.m., Hood River County deputies said at least five crashes had been reported on Interstate 84 from Hood River to The Dalles. 

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