What’s winter like in Portland, Oregon? A picture’s worth a thousand words, right?
But before we go too far down this road, let’s dispell a common myth about the typical Portland, Oregon winter.
Snow is not a guarantee. Rain yes, but snow, well maybe.
I can recall only two serious snowstorms in recent history (January 2004 and January 2017). A light dusting of 1-2 inches that melts off by mid-morning is more typical.
But if it does snow in Portland Metro–Portland, Beaverton. Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Aloha, Estacada, Tualatin, Sherwood, Tigard, Hillsboro, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Wilsonville, Silverton, Newberg, McMinnville, Aurora–elevation makes a big difference.
With the same snow front, higher elevations around Portland get significantly more snow than lower elevations.
Portland schools close at even a hint of snow, giving everyone the day off, so don’t hesitate. Leave your car in the garage, take the day off, and ENJOY. It won’t last long.
Either way, barely enough to make a respectable snowman. Instead, layer on the Columbia winter gear, grab a camera, and head out to capture the magic.
It’s amazing how a little snow makes EVERYTHING look spectacular.
But even in winters that don’t deliver the white stuff, camera buffs will still find plenty to shoot. Moss, a brilliant shade of green, covers nearly every surface across the city.
And you may even find a snail shell or two.
Portland Winter Photo Gallery
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