'Inclement weather is a mayor's nightmare'

'Inclement weather is a mayor's nightmare'
Mayor Sam Adams

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Mayor Sam Adams says he wants the city to be over-prepared for the expected snow this weekend.

“Inclement weather is a mayor’s nightmare because you have to kind of hit that sweet spot of not over-preparing and then nothing happens but you’re spending a lot of money on the budget,” Adams said. “Under prepare and you leave your city paralyzed.”

“The cost of that, which is not insignificant to the budget, pales in comparison to having the city paralyzed for lack of a call out for days and days and days,” Adams said.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow from 10 p.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday. A few inches are expected to fall above 500 feet and several more inches are expected in the Cascades.

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At a news conference Saturday, Adams said being prepared does not mean waiting until the first flakes fall.

“We’ve decided to definitely over-prepare the city individually,” said Adams. “We will be anti-icing over the next 48 hours. However, if there is rain before there is snow, it’s a challenge to keep that anti-icing on the ground.”

TriMet Field Operations Manager Jay Jackson says buses will use chains if needed and they will likely travel slower in inclement weather as a safety precaution.

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Oregon Department of Transportation Manager Dave Thompson stressed the importance of travelers being prepared.

“If you are going to travel outside of the Portland area you are going to run into snow on the mountain passes,” Thompson said. “You must have your chains with you. That’s state law. And it’s likely you might have to put them on your car.”