VIDEO: Sam joins PBOT to review how the City prepares for winter weather.
Winter is fast approaching and with it, the possibility of snow, ice, and heavy rain. Fortunately, the National Weather Service is forecasting a weak El Niño for this coming winter. It means above average temperatures and average to below average rainfall.
It's a good forecast, but not a guarantee. So every year in early November, the City takes time to ensure that our transportation system is prepared for unanticipated storms. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) tests their trucks, plows, and de-icing equipment. They remap priority plow routes and advisory areas and review them with PBOT drivers. All this prep is done to make streets as safe as possible in a winter weather event.
There's plenty that you can do as well. If you have a vehicle, make sure it's in good working condition—that defrosters and windshield wipers work and that batteries and lights are functioning properly. Drive safely. Remember that public transit is a great alternative to driving in unsafe conditions. Make an emergency plan with your family. Pack chains and an emergency kit in your vehicle. If conditions are bad, remember that it is okay to delay your trip until conditions are better. Consider taking public transit rather than driving yourself.
Winter Prep Sites to Visit:
Weather Response at Portland Bureau of Transportation
TriMet's Winter Weather Public Transit Tips
ODOT Winter Driving Tips
NOAA's Personalized Winter Forecast for Portland
National Weather Service Portland Office
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