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Icy roads in Portland prompt school delays

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — While spring is less than a month away, Portland isn’t done with winter weather just yet.

The metro area experienced snow early Monday morning — causing school closures and crashes. Some flurries lingered into the evening, though there wasn’t much accumulation.

While residents won’t have to necessarily deal with snow on Tuesday, freezing temperatures overnight caused black ice in some areas, prompting school closures and delays once again.

School closures/delays

Early Tuesday morning, PPB East Precinct said black ice was starting to form near Mall 205.

While most major roads and highways seemed fine as Mobile 6 headed out, schools in the area weren’t taking any chances. Portland Public Schools, Lake Oswego, Gresham-Barlow, David Douglas and Parkrose announced 2-hour delays. Other schools closer to the Gorge canceled classes.

The Oregon and Portland Departments of Transportation have crews working in 12-hour shifts to make sure the roads stay clear. ODOT’s Kimberly Dinwiddie said crews were out applying deicer Monday night and added that they will be restocking their equipment on Tuesday.

Some of the iciest areas may be sidewalks and side streets left untreated.

While there weren’t any reports of crashes, drivers should still be more careful as they head out the door — meaning driving a bit slower and giving themselves more time to stop. 

 Watch: ODOT’s Kimberly Dinwiddie talks to KOIN 6 about icy conditions

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