Know Before You Go
Winters in Portland are generally mild; snow and ice are relatively rare and the city tends to react conservatively to such conditions. This means that many businesses close when snow appears in the forecast.
Our round-up of Portland public safety resources will help you stay informed and safe in case of extreme weather and other incidents.
Latest News on Twitter
We’ve curated this Twitter List to gather the latest news from major Portland agencies.
General Portland Public Safety Resources
The PublicAlerts website provides real-time public safety information, including alerts and service disruptions involving roads and bridges, transit, public health, weather and more.
Administered by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management on behalf of the region, this service aggregates information from over 60 agencies, making it an ideal one-stop resource for public safety information.
The Oregon Department of Transportation updates its TripCheck site with the latest traffic and road conditions. See live road cams and traffic alerts for the Portland metro area and the whole state.
This is a great site to check before heading out on a day trip, especially if you plan to traverse mountain passes.
Local News Sites
Find updates, breaking news and additional resources at these outlets:
Winter Weather Resources
Winters in Portland are generally mild; snow and ice are relatively rare and the city tends to react conservatively to such conditions. This means that many businesses close when snow appears in the forecast. (The humorous Is It Snowing in PDX? web page displays a “Commence panic!” notice when the flakes fly.)
Panic is not necessary, but you should check the news sites above and the links below before heading out or making plans on a potentially snowy or icy day in Portland.
TriMet Winter Weather Tips
TriMet, the public transportation provider for the Portland metro region, provides information about transit services during winter weather conditions. Check this page to find out how to ride the bus or MAX light rail train when it’s snowy or icy.
Portland International Airport
Inclement weather can cause flight delays and cancelations at Portland International Airport (PDX). Check the PDX arrivals and departures page for flight status updates. Follow @flypdx on Twitter for updates.
National Weather Service
Get the latest weather forecast and alerts from the National Weather Service’s Portland office.
Winter Travel Tips and Information
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) offers this list of tips and resources for driving in wintry conditions.
While Portland prides itself on being a city that’s easy to get around without a car, these tips will help you tour the city in four-wheeled fashion.
Beyond big trees and picnic tables, Washington Park offers a zoo, two museums, gardens and more, all bordered by one of the country’s premier urban wildernesses.
The TriMet bus system, which covers the city and its suburbs, offers low fares, friendly drivers and full wheelchair accessibility.