Oregon has been brought to a halt on Wednesday, December 14th, due to an equally massive and unexpected snow storm that caused multiple vehicles to litter Portland’s streets and even one major artery.
In light of these events, commuters started to leave work early, hoping to avoid being trapped in the snow. However, they only added to the number of cars that clogged the city’s streets. Traffic was almost completely stopped, with cars moving only a couple of inches per hours on the ice-covered streets. Also, multiple accidents occurred, some vehicles crashing into each other and others spinning out of control and ultimately crashing into stationary automobiles. Furthermore, I-5 was littered with semi-trucks that were unable to move to the side of the road before getting stuck in the snow.
At some point, several drivers closer to home even abandoned their cars and started walking. Many more were worried that they might run out of the gas before the situation improved.
One of the motorists, Kimberly Wrolstad, was stuck on Interstate 5 for approximately two hours with only a quarter tank of gas left.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t Know what’s going on”, said Ms. Wrolstad.
Moreover, several school buses were also trapped in the snow. Local authorities recorded multiple other busses and large vehicles crashing. However, Courtney Wilton, interim chief operating officer, said that no casualties have been registered in a press release.
One of Scouters Mountain Elementary’s school buses also spun out near Misty Drive, on Southeast 152nd in Happy Valley. According to the school principal, Kevin Spooner, all students were safe. For environmental reasons, Portland does not use rock salt on its public roads anymore. Also, the chances of a winter storm of this magnitude hitting the city are so small, officials use other methods to fluidize traffic during the cold season. Even though multiple buses were redirected to snow routes, the unpredicted storm caught the citizens, as well as authorities off guard.
Furthermore, the weather forecast predicted up to 12 inches of snow for Bend, causing multiple schools and other institution and facilities to close down. Also, according to the National Weather Service’s report, another storm was moving towards the City of Eugene.
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