Possibility of spring snow at low altitudes

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — With the possibility of wintry weather overnight and Monday morning, the Oregon Department of Transportation said maintenance crews are preparing. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s with a chance of snow in some areas. A winter weather advisory has been issued for the metropolitan area which will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.

ODOT says it has de-icing trucks ready to go and will have plows and sanding trucks ready if needed. Dom Hamilton, a spokesperson for ODOT, said they would monitor higher elevation areas in Portland, around Sylvan and the West Hills, as well as the Coast Range and in the Cascades. Sandy and Government Camp are the areas that Hamilton says they are most concerned about, but overall expect this to be a mild event for the majority of the region.

Speaking with locals in the Sylvan area, many aren’t too worried.

I have all-wheel drive, so I think it’ll be fine if we get anything, but I don’t think it’s going to stay much anyway,” said Doran Arehart. “I’ve lived here for twenty years and it can go very badly here, but I think it will be fine this time.”

“Worried about the weather? said Scott Kveton. “Nah, it’s April. We are well.

“Getting firewood just in case the power goes out,” Robert Stacey said. “The evening is also going to be cold, so it’s good to have a fire with the family. We’re just 500 feet away, so we think we’ll be in the morning snow. Yeah, just squatting, playing board games, making a little wood fire should be fine.

ODOT says this type of weather is unusual for this time of year and would like to remind everyone to prepare, especially those heading to work tomorrow. Before heading out, check TripCheck or ODOT cameras, make sure you have enough gas in your car and that your windshield wipers are working, and pack extra water and snacks.

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