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Road conditions a concern as snow could continue Monday morning – KPTV.com

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PORTLAND METRO AREA, Ore. (KPTV) – Some places around the metro area could have icy roads Monday morning as snow and below-freezing temperatures remain in the forecast.

The Forest Grove Fire Department said Highways 26 and 6 have slick conditions with several cars that had spun out. It said it will get worse through the night Sunday and as temperatures fall below freezing. It said to avoid traveling on these roads and stay home.

As of Sunday evening, Highway 6 in Tillamook County is closed between mileposts 28-38.

FOX 12 meteorologist Mark Nelsen said there is a possibility for more slick and icy spots on the roads on Monday morning if more snow falls and it drops below freezing in those areas. That could create several travel slowdowns and headaches during Monday’s commute.

The FOX 12 weather forecast for the evening of Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021.

A big dose of snow came in Sunday morning for many in the region with varying totals, from one to seven inches. The Forest Grove Fire Department reported seven inches on the ground late Sunday morning.

Most of the metro area picked up a trace to an inch-and-a-half. Totals were higher in places including Salem, Newberg and Albany. Some viewers were reporting more than five inches in Salem.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – One of the Portland Bureau of Transportations’ biggest tips this weekend is to monitor weather conditions at your dest…

Driving conditions were also difficult on many city streets on Sunday. The Salem Police Department tweeted that officers have been busy responding to collisions due to icy road conditions. It is urging residents to reconsider getting out to drive. The Forest Grove Fire Department is urging people to stay home and off the roads.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said crews are working 12-hour shifts to clear any snow and keep roads safe. It said if you must travel this weekend, be sure to monitor conditions at your destination before you leave.

There are power outages reported as a result of Sunday’s snow. As of 5 p.m., Portland General Electric reports just over 300 customers are without power. Pacific Power said about 200 customers are without power in the Albany area. 

Warming centers are also open throughout Multnomah County. You can find a list by clicking here. Shelters are also open in Washington County.

This is developing news. FOX 12 will update this story when more information is available.

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