PORTLAND -- Heavy and at at times, record snow, blanketed most of Western Oregon Thursday morning and snapped trees and power lines.

As temperatures heated up in the afternoon, the cleanup effort began.

Graphic:Snow records set in Oregon

The main weather system is finally moving east and out of the area. That means the weather is calming down and we are drying out, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.


The heavy snow weighed down tree branches and power lines, causing widespread problems across the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas. Some trees toppled onto homes and cars, but no serious injuries were reported.

Portland General Electric reported thousands of outages in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Marion counties and Pacific Power & Light in the Willamette Valley. PGE Outage Report. PP&L Outage report.

Consider today a transition day from heavy snow to dry weather for tomorrow (Friday) Allard said.

The improving conditions prompted the National Weather Service to end winter storm advisories for the Portland area, the Willamette Valley and the Cascades.

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TriMet reported few problems with the snow. Lines 18 Hillsdale and 51 Vista had buses on chains. Line 51 will not serve Ravensview Drive.

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Elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, Eugene set a record with its latest snowfall of the year on Wednesday. The previous latest snowfall was March 5 through 7 in 1951. The University of Oregon was closed through 1 p.m.

More: Record snow in the Willamette Valley

U.S. 20 five miles east of Sweet Home was closed briefly Wednesday from there to the Oregon 216 junction because of fallen trees. A slide forced the closure of Highway 20 at Santiam Pass that took several hours to clear. Two people were rescued from trapped cars.

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In the Coast Range, officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation recommended that travelers delay trips over the passes, if possible.

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