Record-setting April snowfall leads to school closures, power outages
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Snow has fallen around the Portland metro area Monday morning, leading to power outages, road closures, school closures and a lengthy clean-up for many who found trees that had fallen on their property.
Snow showers began pushing their way across western Washington and northwest Oregon overnight.
This snowfall has broken records. Previously, the latest snow happened at Portland International Airport on March 25, 1965, and the latest measurable snow in downtown Portland was April 1, 1935.
Just before 8:30 a.m., ODOT closed Highway 26 in both directions between Highway 217 and Interstate 405 due to multiple trees down near the Oregon Zoo exit. Just after 3:30 p.m., both directions of Highway 26 reopened.
The city of Hillsboro said a severe weather shelter will be open Monday night. The shelter will open at 7:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army building at 1440 Southeast 21st Avenue. No one will be turned away.
FOX 12 crews spotted multiple trees down in the Goose Hollow neighborhood. Some were blocking streets or had fallen on cars.
As of 3:40 p.m., Portland General Electric was reporting 1,037 outages affecting 40,482 customers. For a full list of PGE outages, click here. At 3:40 p.m., Pacific Power was reporting 67 outages affecting 550 customers. For a full list of Pacific Power outages, click here.
At 3:40 p.m., Clark Public Utilities was reporting 5,639 customers were affected by power outages. A full list can be viewed here.
Multiple school districts in the region are starting late due to weather conditions, including Portland, Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin, Molalla River, and Hillsboro. A few districts have also closed for the day, including Longview, Woodland, Vernonia, Clatskanie, and Corbett.
Check out a full list of school closures and delays here.
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