Record Snowfall Brings Chaos, Jubilation to Portland
Record snowfall in Portland Wednesday saw thousands of people stuck for hours on freeways and roads across the metro area. Hundreds of vehicles remain abandoned throughout the city, while many homes lost power.
😱 check out these two views & one very BIG backup. All of these drivers have spent the night here, they’re stuck northbound on I-5 near 217. Really feel for these people… #oregon #snow #pdxtraffic #portland #pdxsnow #OrWx @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/7x7Xhegn7M— Bonnie Silkman KPTV (@BonnieSilkman) February 23, 2023
But the weather wasn't complete pandemonium, particularly for those who were able to remain off the roads.
The weather also brought perfect conditions for quintessential snow day activities like sledding and building snowmen. The eleven inches the region received overnight also made it possible to enjoy other winter hobbies such as skiing and snowboarding without the trek up to Mount Hood.
Cathedral Park beneath the St. Johns Bridge in north Portland saw dozens of visitors throughout the morning Thursday using the parks hills to catch some speed—and air!