Most county buildings will close at noon today, Thursday, Feb. 11, in preparation for a winter storm moving into the metro region. The County will continue to monitor conditions as it determines operations for Friday.
The National Weather Service projects a mix of rain and snow will move east down the Gorge beginning late morning, shifting quickly to snow by early afternoon, and accumulating through Friday. The highest accumulation—up to 6 inches—will be at elevations above 500 feet, in the West Hills, East Portland and the far west Columbia Gorge.
Travelers should expect reduced visibility along Interstate 84 and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour over bridges. Overpasses and bridges will cool quicker, so travel carefully. The City of Portland and Multnomah County road crews have treated roads, and crews are standing by to clear snow this afternoon and tonight.
Most County facilities will close at noon Thursday, with some exceptions:
COVID-19 Testing: drive-through testing offered at the East County Health Center will be closed Thursday.
Libraries: Closed for hold pickups. Phone and online services remain unchanged.
Courthouse: The Multnomah County Circuit Court is expected to remain open until 3 p.m. Thursday.
Heath Centers will close to in-person services. Virtual appointments and telehealth visits will continue as planned. Those with appointments that must be cancelled will be contacted by their clinic to reschedule.Those who wish to reschedule an appointment before noon today can call the Patient Access Center to reschedule at 503-988-5558.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services operate shelters year-round for people experiencing homeless. Beyond those year-round and seasonal beds, partners open additional warming shelters and mobilize additional outreach workers and gear distribution when severe weather hits.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services and County Emergency Management are opening severe weather shelters beginning today:
Metro Garage, 578 N.E. Irving St.
Oregon Convention Center, 965 N.E. 1st Ave.
Arbor Lodge Severe Weather Shelter, 1952 N. Lombard Ave.
There will also be a warming site at the Sunrise Center at 18901 E Burnside St, Gresham, open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., with transportation assistance to the severe weather shelters.
National Weather Service: Check weather warnings in the Portland Metro area
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Tri-Met Alerts: Check for winter weather advisoriesOregon Roads: Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck site updates road conditions and streams live roadside video.