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Ice storm warning in effect for Portland area after snowy weekend

As the weekend’s flurries give way to possible freezing rain and the National Weather Service warns of a Sunday night ice storm, the Oregon Department of Transportation had one piece of advice for motorists through Monday morning.

“Stay home, stay safe and off the roads for now,” spokesperson Gary Leaming said.

Officials did not say how long that warning will hold true but that motorists should monitor TripCheck before planning any outings. Drivers reported a vehicle falling of the Glenn Jackson Memorial Bridge in the early evening, prompting a search effort by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office marine units.

The weather service forecasts temperatures will hit the 40s by Monday afternoon.

The agency forecast an overnight low of 32 degrees with a 100% chance of precipitation in the Portland area. The agency anticipates between 1/10 to 3/10 of an inch of ice will accumulate.

The skyborn frost should become rain after about 8 a.m. Monday, according to the weather service forecast.

The weekend’s frigid weather prompted officials to keep three Portland-area shelters and warming sites open for a fourth consecutive night in addition to shelters that have been open all season.

Gov. Kate Brown issued an extreme weather state of emergency in nine counties Saturday, including all three that comprise the Portland metro area. Read from source….