PORTLAND, Ore. -- Monday morning ushered in a return to normal rainy weather, after a tough couple weeks of snow and ice storms, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.

A strong warm front Monday brought more than an inch of rain to the metro area. But the steady rain ended Tuesday morning.

Wednesday looks dry followed by a rainmaker Thursday and then Friday showers. Just regular Portland winter weather, Hill said Tuesday.

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Cascade passes will continue to see snowy weather at times. The good news: The Mt. Hood resorts will also continue picking up snow.

Christmas predictions

"Christmas weekend at this time is far from certain," Hill said. "Latest models show a few scattered Saturday showers and a dry Christmas Day, followed by Monday showers."

A southern storm track moving into Nevada could play a role in dropping snow levels near the valley, but it's likely Portland will see typical rain. But the forecast could change, so keep checking for updates, Hill said.

After the mess that the last round of winter weather caused throughout the metro area, many Portlanders likely weren't dreaming of a white Christmas anyway.

Paralyzing snow storms

Portland's second snowstorm of December 2016 brought two to three inches of snow to the metro area starting Wednesday, Dec.14. The snow and slick roads caused traffic nightmares throughout the Portland metro area during the evening commute.

Between noon Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, 101 crashes were reported in Portland.

Interstate 205 from Clackamas to Vancouver was a 150-minute drive and Vancouver to Clackamas was estimated at 210 minutes. Interstate 5 from Wilsonville to downtown Portland also was an estimated 210-minute drive. Some people reported even longer commutes.

Traffic nightmare: Snow causes epically nasty commute

The traffic troubles impacted thousands of Portland-area students and their concerned parents. Several schools decided to not release students early, before the snow arrived, and many of those students got home several hours late.

More: Thousands of students wait hours to be bused home during storm

The first storm hit Portland Thursday, Dec. 8. That snow and ice storm closed metro-area schools, businesses and government offices, as an inch of snow fell and was quickly covered by ice.

Photos: Ice, thawing in Portland metro area

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