Portland in for slow thaw as colder temperatures linger - KPTV - FOX 12

Portland in for slow thaw as colder temperatures linger

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Dozens of cars still lay abandoned on snowy roads throughout the area Thursday morning, and it looks like road conditions won’t be improving anytime soon.

Areas of Portland saw more than 2 inches of snow Wednesday evening, causing severe traffic delays and problems on many roads.

Now the big question is, when will all that snow go away?

FOX 12 meteorologist Joe Raineri said Thursday temperatures will linger around the upper 20s to start with highs only getting into the low 30s in the afternoon with some sunshine.  

Friday’s conditions are looking a bit better, with more sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures around the mid-30s.

Weather models show slightly colder temperatures on Saturday with daytime highs only reaching about 31 degrees.

Sunday could possibly bring more snow and freezing rain. Temperatures will finally start to warm up to the mid-40s by the beginning of next week.  

The Oregon Department of Transportation said they will be towing any cars left abandoned on main highways so that snowplows can come through and plow the roads. Drivers can call 503-283-5859 if their cars are towed. Drivers with cars left on Portland streets can call 503-823-0044.

Many school districts are closed Thursday due to snowy conditions. Click here to see the latest closure list.

TriMet said many of their buses will be chained and running on snow routes. They have also canceled lines 18, 36, 43, 50, 51, 53, 55, 63, 65, 68, 84, 92, and 156. Check TriMet.org/Alerts for the latest updates.

For the latest in weather updates, check out the FOX 12 Weather Blog or watch Good Day Oregon LIVE. Download the FOX 12 Weather App for information on-the-go. 

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