Ahead of the snow, ice, and freezing rain that covered much of the state yesterday came the winds: 40-50 mph. here in Portland's West Hills, but - as this couple discovered - 80-100 mph. at Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge. Yes, it can blow you off your feet over there. Around here, a number of trees went down, resulting in multiple power outages in the Tri-County area, but the crews here are something else - out in all kinds of crummy weather and getting things back up and running.
Surprisingly, we didn't have that issue this time around, but then, the neighbors are still cleaning up debris , when their tree took out the power for a few hundred up here a few weeks ago.
As if Horsetail Falls wasn't cold enough. But the heavy stuff hasn't started coming down yet.... Of course, here in Green&Sustainable Oregon, using salt on frozen roadways is simply unacceptable - although all of the bordering states seem to have no problem with doing so. But we're Special, much to the delight of body-shop owners. And as expected, Tri-Met had to shut down Green&Sustainable light rail and streetcars because ice.
Truckers in the Gorge have once again found that their big 18-wheelers aren't going anywhere; wait times for tows are presently around 16 hours, assuming that they've merely slid off the road. SUV drivers have been discovering as well that their all-wheel drive doesn't help much, either, so there are a lot of rollover wrecks along the highways. Down the hill from us there was a gaggle of perhaps two dozen vehicles whose drivers tried fruitlessly to get some traction; the vehicles all seem to have sustained some degree of damage, but to the drivers' credit, none of them were going more than 3-5 mph. when they hit something - though probably, that was because they couldn't get going any faster. It reminded me of the old days at the amusement park, when they had bumper car rides.