Portland is expecting a snow event in the next 24-48 hours.
Those two words don’t go together very well. Its like Pepe LePeu and the Paris cat getting together – not pretty. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does – the city shuts down.
Even though half of our city is now immigrants from places that regularly get snow – we still manage to fuck it up. These are people who know how to drive in snow. I am not saying we Oregonians don’t add an appropriate amount of chaos to the situation – we definitely do. But somehow all sanity leaves perfectly good drivers when cold weather comes to Portland.
Here is why… Portland is uniquely located at the confluence of two things: 1) the Columbia Gorge which is a perfect conduit for frigid cold air from the inland and 2) the Pacific Ocean. Moisture meets frigid air doesn’t create fluffy, pretty snow. It creates ICE!
Snow in Portland is like the brother in law no one likes and who annoys everyone at holiday gatherings. Thankfully – just like your annoying brother-in-law – snow doesn’t visit us very often.
PS – I take the bus.