The news weather was wrong yet again (calling for a dusting), and we got snow, about 4" in a town that is usually unprepared for it. There is a video on the local news of an idiot driver that should make national news, the guy takes out cars and walls and poles.
Usually Portland gets an inch or two of heavy wet snow that melts by noon. But this was different, very "East Coast" drier and compact snow that is sticking and it is cold out. No slush here.
The city is pretty much shut down, no school, many business closed, busses were not running much for the AM commute, the freeways are pretty much shut down. Amazing what 4" can do here.
Most of these were taken in the last hour:
Laurelhurst Park, or should I say, Laurelhurst "terrain" Park
Conditions 4-5" packed powder, no lifts, but all runs open
The two busiest streets in SE Portland
Burnside, usually 4 lanes of heavy traffic into town, pretty deserted, and with a spinout.
39th, the main N-S route, usually 4 lanes of cars and busses, deserted
Just sit and enjoy the spectacle:
Kids off from school and parents off work, snow day crowds in the park:
Some of the nicer neighborhood homes: