Rare western Oregon, southwest Washington snowstorm causes Interstate pileup, traffic wrecks

  • Article by: TIM FOUGHT , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 11:55 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A rare and powerful snowstorm hammered parts of the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, dropping more than a foot of snow in parts of western Oregon and southwest Washington.

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hermajestyFeb. 6, 14 6:53 PM

This kind of thing happens about once every twenty years in western Oregon. I experienced such a storm while living there in 1994 or 1995 and before that in about 1985. Because snowstorms are so rare, they have no snowplows in most lowland areas, although people who like to go to the mountains to ski usually have tire chains. About all the city maintenance departments can do is spread gravel. However, I recall that just a few days after the 1990s storm, the temperature went up into the 60s and stayed above freezing, so the snow was soon gone.

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