A heavy blanket of snow fell on the Puget Sound region Sunday night, prompting dozens of school closures and leaving thousands of homes without power.
About 100,000 homes were de-electrified, apparently.
But people up there got a taste of what happened in Portland earlier, and the Seattle area residents don't get many snow-days, so it was all good.
Here in the Portland area, we got some pretty heavy amounts of rain, so it's all about the landslides now.
Yep, as usual, cleanup's going to take awhile, so it'll be a few days before some of these roads can be traveled again. It's not just the mud and rock; they have to get the unstable trees out of the way as well. I'm always happy to help on that latter part for the folks down the hill - chainsawing's kind of fun, and then there's the free firewood part as well.
The pictured slide shut down OR-224 between Damascus and Estacada for most of the day yesterday, but they've got that reopened. Around here, Skyline and Germantown Road are two heavily-trafficked roads that are pretty well screwed; it's going to take days to get that debris out.
Still, it's not so bad; we've had a lot worse around here:
The roads up here in the hills are steep, narrow, and winding, and for the most part, we don't have things like sidewalks or curbs - the tax dollars that we pay all year go to fund bike paths and stuff on the east side of the river, reason number XXXXXXXX to get out of Portland. We pay for "services", but we don't get any. We do get the landslides, though: two homes located within a mile or so of our place disappeared in recent years. Fortunately, our place is built on solid basalt, so it's not going anywhere.