PORTLAND -- A confounding mix of heavy snow in higher elevations and a wintry mix approaching downtown Portland created a morning commute that had cars crawling and caused a series of closures in Portland.
U.S. 26 inbound remained a parking lot until 11 a.m.
(The image at left is U.S. 26 at Murray at about 10:30 a.m.)
Thick snow at the Sylvan overpass slowed down drivers, creating a jam that started about 6:30 a.m. that quickly backed up as far as 185th. A 20-minute commute grew to over an hour. Drivers abandoned cars along the freeway.
The same scenario unfolded on I-5 northbound into Portland, with cars slowly rolling along as drivers took the cautious high road. Traffic had dissipated by mid-morning.
I-84 inbound traffic also moved slowly for a time.
KGW's Drew Carney captured a motorists nightmare at snowy and slick SW Hamilton and Dosch.
Several roads in hilly areas of Northwest Portland were also closed by the wintry weather.
Northwest Skyline and Thompson was closed for several hours for a downed power line. Snow and slush shut down NW Germantown Road. West Burnside was closed from Hermosa Boulevard to Skyline due to a crash but reopened shortly before noon.
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