The snowstorm we are seeing in Portland doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. And it’s not just Portland, the rest of Oregon is getting pounded with snow too. Power outages everywhere are being reported, and the National Weather Service is listing 8-to-12 inches of snowfall in the upper Hood River valley, and major highways in far-eastern Oregon are reportedly being closed due to snow. Some buildings at the eastern edge of the state have even collapsed under the weight of snow on their roofs.
We are seeing the most snow since 1980 in Portland. Earlier this afternoon, the severe weather has prompted Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency for Oregon. According to the news, the state of emergency is in effect for 30 days, unless terminated sooner by the governor.
“As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon,” Brown said in the release.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) January 11, 2017
Shortly after, Portland Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency for the city of Portland—lasting until at least Saturday.
“The winter storm is compounding an existing housing emergency and affecting key transportation routes, public transportation, and the delivery of core public services,” says the mayor’s office. “City public safety bureaus, including the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and other City, Multnomah County, and State of Oregon partners, non-profits, and local businesses have been responding to this nearly unprecedented set of weather related events. The response continues to strain local resources.”
In the emergency declaration for Portland, Wheeler also notes power outages and downed trees across the city.
“As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon,” Governor Brown wrote in a statement. “I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews clear roads and work to restore core services.”
Unless Governor Brown terminates the Oregon state of emergency sooner, it will be in effect for 30 days.