Truck drivers headed northwest beware: The Portland, OR,
area has spent three days locked down after a combination of winter weather put
life in the city on hold, media outlets and other sources reported.
Conditions have become so impassable that, according to
one worker at the Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, all traffic is shut down. Some
truckers are running low on fuel and can’t even get to the pumps to fill up.
“They won’t let anyone move at
all,” he said.
Another worker at the truck stop
said the area had been hit with several inches of snow, and early morning
weather reports said freezing rain overnight Wednesday into Thursday left a
sheet of ice – sometimes a half inch deep – on top of the snow.
climatologist George Taylor told The
Oregonian that the storm – in terms of intensity and its extent – was one
of the 10 worst weather events in the past 100 years.
And the storm was not over
Thursday morning. Weather reports called for rain, freezing rain and wind Jan.
8 with a high temperature of 36. However, near noon the thermometer had reached
Dave Thompson of the Oregon Department of Transportation
told KOIN TV that road conditions
Jan. 8 were possibly the worst of the week.
The Oregon Department of
Transportation said on its Web site that it was enforcing “condition B” of the
state’s chain laws, requiring chains on any vehicle towing or over 10,000 GVW.
Portland itself was showing packed snow on road surfaces, the department said on
Interstate 84 in East Portland, some road surfaces were covered with black ice.
Part of the highway in that area was closed to all traffic because of the
severe weather conditions.
and other industries were feeling the storm’s impact. The Oregonian reported that the area’s Freightliner plant shut
down, and a Jubitz worker told Land Line that
the only thing at the truck stop open Wednesday was the hotel, since “that’s
where we’re all staying.” A number of trucks were trapped at the facility.
FedEx was affected, the newspaper said, canceling all overnight deliveries in
the Portland area.
hope is on the way for those trapped in the Northwest: The National Weather
Service showed that although showers should continue through Monday, temperatures
for the next several days are expected to rise well above freezing, with highs
possibly into the 50s this weekend.
H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.