Portland will thaw—eventually. We shouldn't expect much melting today, but the good news is that it probably won't snow again.

And if it does, it will be a light flurry, not a full-blown apocalyptic mess that leaves people with two- to six-hour commutes and a 550-percent Lyft surge.

This evening, we should expect mostly cloudy weather with a 20 percent chance of snow after midnight.

"20 percent is not much of a chance, but you can't rule that out," says meteorologist David Elson of the National Weather Service. "If we do get something tonight, it won't pan out to be much of anything."

Due to low temperatures, the thaw will probably take a few days.

"It's gonna be a slow thaw. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, high temps will only be in the low '30s, putting it right around freezing," he says. "As we get into Monday, we'll see a bit of a warmup. Rains are likely Monday with temperatures around 40, which will melt everything if its not gone by then."