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April snow in Portland leads to school closings, power outages, downed trees and road closures

Portland International Airport (PDX) reported 1 inch of snow Monday morning, the most ever in the month of April, KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Most if not all of the Portland metro area and southwest Washington woke to an inch of snow or more on the ground Monday morning.

Portland International Airport (PDX) reported 1 inch of snow Monday morning, the most ever in the month of April, KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said. Airport snow records date back to October 1940. KGW recorded 2 inches of snow at its building, which broke the downtown Portland record for snow this late in the season, according to Hill. Downtown records date back as far as the year 1870.

Here's a look at some of the other reported snow totals, as of 7 a.m. Monday:

  • Hazel Dell: 2 inches
  • West Hills: 4-5 inches
  • Ridgefield: 5.5 inches
  • Banks: 4 inches
  • Skamania: 7.5 inches

RELATED: Latest forecast from KGW

School districts across the area, including large districts like Portland, Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin and Vancouver, announced closures and delays Monday due to the snow. See a complete list of closings and delays.

Thousands of Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power customers went without power in Portland and surrounding areas. As of 11 a.m., there were more than 77,000 PGE customers without power and about 9,000 Pacific Power customers without power. See the PGE outages map and the Pacific Power outages map.

Pacific Power said it had restored service to about 14,800 customers as of about 5 p.m., including most customers in the Portland metro area. Another roughly 200 customers are still without power and should see it restored by 10 a.m. Tuesday, the utility said.

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The snow made for a slippery Monday morning commute, with multiple road closures throughout the area, including Highway 26 from Interstate 405 to the Oregon Zoo. 

Highway 26 reopened around 3 p.m., but the Portland Bureau of Transportation sent out a press release on Monday evening saying that several major West Hills road closures were likely to continue for several days including portions of West Burnside Street, Northwest Skyline Boulevard, Southwest Capitol Highway and Northwest Cornell Road.

See KGW's traffic map for the Portland metro area and southwest Washington and follow KGW News on Twitter for the latest updates on road closures.

RELATED: Highway 26 closed in West Hills amid April snowstorm

There have also been reports of multiple downed trees across the Portland metro area. The Portland Bureau of Transportation said late Monday afternoon that more than 400 trees had fallen across the city.

A winter weather advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Monday. Hill said he expects most areas to transition to rain around that time.

"Temperatures will show slow warming from mid-morning into the noon hour," Hill said. "This afternoon will see scattered rain showers with hail, and valley highs warming into the 40s."

The Cascades are under a winter storm warning with more than a foot of snow expected for the 24-hour period. The coast range is seeing winter storm conditions this morning as well with heavy snowfall near and above 1,000 feet, Hill said.

Hill said scattered precipitation Tuesday and Wednesday could bring early morning flurries with valley lows in the 30s.

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