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School districts cancel classes Friday as snow continues to cover metro area

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Many schools districts made the early call to cancel classes for Friday as snow continues to cover roads throughout the Portland metro area.

Portland Public Schools, along with districts including Beaverton, North Clackamas, Tigard-Tualatin, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Vancouver and Salem-Keizer announced Friday closures by Thursday afternoon.

Closure list: Updated list of school cancellations and closures

Classes were canceled across the metro area Thursday following Wednesday's snowstorm.

Many districts remained open for a full day Wednesday as the storm slammed the region, stranding students and staff at many schools late into the evening.

Some districts issued apologies for their decision to remain open all day Wednesday, with a Portland Public Schools spokesman saying, "We underestimated the severity of the weather and we also underestimated the severity of the traffic."

Traffic was gridlocked in and around Portland all night Wednesday.

Wednesday's official snowfall total for Portland was 1 1/2 inches.

The snow remained on the roads Thursday, but Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. FOX 12 meteorologists said snow and ice on streets should melt nicely Friday under the sunshine and temperatures rising just above freezing.

Temperatures are expected to be above freezing Saturday and Sunday, while dipping back below freezing in the evening hours. The projected low temperature for Saturday is 16 degrees.

Snow flurries are possible Sunday.

Warmer days are expected next week, with temperatures in the 40s.

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