Many roads around the metro area are icy on Monday morning as snow that fell Sunday froze overnight.
The freezing conditions caused crashes on US 26 at Cedar Hills Blvd and on I-84 at 122nd Ave around 5 a.m
Most main roads were treated with deicer but there were still slick spots, especially at higher elevations.
It should warm up to upper 30s by the afternoon.
Oregon Department of Transportation said road crews worked overtime.
“We’ve had crews that are training for this all year,” spokesperson Don Hamilton said.
Washington County is requiring traction devices in 3 snow zones: 175th Ave between Scholls Ferry and Rigert Roads, Barnes Road, 118th east to the county line and Cornell Road from Cedar Hills Blvd west to the county line.
TriMet told riders to prepare for possible delays. Lines 15 and 19 are on snow routes and using chains and line 63 has been canceled.
There are chained buses ready in case they’re needed. With chains they can only go 25 mph. Check TriMet alerts for delays.
The MAX lines will be using switch heaters overnight to prevent freezing.
NE Gilham from East Burnside to NE David is closed. Check out more Portland road closures here.
* Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.
* When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.
* Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.
* If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don’t hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.
* Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.
* Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.
* Drive to the conditions. If it’s icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.
* In bad weather, don’t use cruise control.