Ma, get the kale. Portland may have avoided the worst snowstorm of the century earlier this month, but winter isn't over yet.
The National Weather Service's Portland office says the city could see up to two inches of snowfall overnight and into Monday morning.
Near-freezing temperatures during the day Monday could cause ice and snow to linger on city streets during the day. In anticipation, Portland Bureau of Transportation has issued a travel advisory, warning that in the case of inclement weather, Portlanders should avoid driving or take public transportation.
"It's looking like the winner for best picture here in #pdx is gonna be 'Snow White and the 56 Plows'" PBOT tweeted today. "If possible, please use caution tomorrow morning by delaying your travel to avoid traveling during snow or ice."
Incident response crews have been working throughout the weekend to prepare for Monday's potential snowfall by treating priority routes with de-icer.
Those priority and emergency routes include frequent bus lines, roads near fire and police stations, schools, hospitals, major business districts and the downtown core. But don't expect to get anywhere quickly if the city is blanketed in white tomorrow.
"In a major snowfall, it can take our crews up to 12 hours to cover these priority routes once," PBOT notes.
The agency warns the refreezing on Monday night could also affect Tuesday morning's commute.
During the snowstorm, the county's Joint Office of Homeless Services will open emergency warming shelters.
Tonight, Denis Theriault, a county spokesperson says, close to 2,000 publicly funded beds will be available. Those are available at Bud Clark Commons (650 NW Irving, in Portland), Imago Dei (1302 SE Ankeny, in Portland) and Sunrise Center (18901 E Burnside, in Gresham).
"Bud Clark Commons and Imago Dei will be open to adults, couples and their pets from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday," Theriault says. "Sunrise Center will be open 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m."
People in need of shelter should call 211 to locate a ride and a bed. No one in need is turned away.
Theriault adds that a call for donations of winter gear is still open. Those with items to donate can visit 211info.org/donations for a list of what's needed and where to drop it off. Or, people can purchase supplies from an online shopping list compiled by shelter providers to have gear delivered directly where it is needed.