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  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Cloudy commute with possible showers; Road work in Tigard slows Walnut Street

    A road construction project in Tigard is slowing traffic on Walnut Street at 116th in front of Fowler Middle School.


    We've not had any rain yet, but very early (pre-6 a.m.) crashes slowed drivers on Highway 217 and U.S. 26 (all clear now). Doesn't bode well for the "regular" commute.

    CLACKAMAS 6:36 a.m.; A multi-vehicle crash on OR 224 at Johnson Street has the highway closed eastbound. Johnson Road southbound is gridlocked. Use Webster to Roots road or Harmony to 82nd Avenue.

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    A road construction project in Tigard is slowing traffic on Walnut Street at 116th - in front of Fowler Middle School - as crews work to remove trees where the road will be widened and sidewalks installed. Traffic was down to one lane with flaggers yesterday. Expect more of the same today.

    The larger part of the project begins in March. This week's tree removal should continue through Friday.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Mild day with mostly cloudy skies and the occasional shower

    We'll start out dry and even get a few sun breaks. Clouds fill in by mid-morning and we will see occasional showers throughout the afternoon and evening. High today should hit 57.

    Morning temperatures across the metro area and into the Willamette Valley were unseasonably mild. Many areas reported temps of 50-53 as of 5:45 a.m. Mild.

    Much of Thursday will remind you of Wednesday. We'll start out dry and even get a few sun breaks. Clouds fill in by mid-morning and we'll see occasional showers throughout the afternoon and evening. High today should hit 57.

    Better chances for more steady rain move in Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday looks showery as well with lower snow levels and some accumulation on the mountain passes.

    Sunday is rainy as well. Temperatures through the weekend will stick around the mid-50s for highs, mid-to-high 40s for lows.

    The next chance for a dry day is probably Monday.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Partly cloudy commute, but no rain

    Crews are paving Green Street in Lake Oswego near State Street in George Rogers Park from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Expect lane closures and delays in the area.


    You can put those sunglasses back in the case as clouds have returned and possibly light sprinkles for the afternoon commute.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 6.20.22 AM.pngI-84 westbound at Lloyd 

    A 6:15 a.m. crash on I-84 westbound prior to the Lloyd Boulevard exit has the right and middle lanes closed. Medical crews are responding. Traffic is backing up all the way to I-205.

    Update 7:20 a.m.; All lanes now CLEARED. Backup remains to 102nd.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 8:20 a.m.; Stall blocks the right lane I-5 northbound at Capitol Highway.

    Update 8:35 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND PART II 7:23 a.m.; Another rollover crash with injuries Southeast 113th Avenue and Division Street.

    Update 7:35 a.m.; One westbound lane blocked at 112th Ave and Division for this crash and debris cleanup.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 6:53 a.m.; Rollover crash on the ramp from Foster Road to I-205 northbound.

    Update 8:04 a.m.; Cleared.

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    Expect slowing and consider using Sandy Boulevard or Glisan Street as alternatives.

    Crews are paving Green Street in Lake Oswego near State Street in George Rogers Park from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Expect lane closures and delays in the area.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Overcast skies with a slight chance of a sprinkle

    Mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures with a high of 56. Tonight's low is a mild 47. A weak system hovering around the coast line might push in enough moisture for a sprinkle or two especially in the afternoon.

    Wednesday is a transition day - a transition from fun in the sun to cloudy and wet.

    The strong high pressure system that kept us dry for days and brought clear sunny skies to the metro area has moved along to wherever high pressure systems go. Sigh.

    For today we'll have mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures with a high of 56. Tonight's low is a mild 47. A weak system hovering around the coast line might push in enough moisture for a sprinkle or two especially in the afternoon.

    Tomorrow will be almost a mirror image of today with a slightly higher chance for showers later in the day.

    Friday is the rain day. A stronger cold front moves in from the coast on Friday and brings heavier shower to the Portland area. Snow levels will remain very high (above 8000 feet) until late Friday night. Saturday and Sunday look showery, but lower freezing levels should bring some fresh snow to the cascades.

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Clear sky and breezy commute for the Metro area; Mid-Willamette Valley experiencing heavy fog

    Heavy fog conditions start in Albany and continue to south of Eugene. If you're heading that way, be prepared for low visibility.


    The Gorge effect is keeping skies clear and sunny in Portland and the surrounding metro area this morning. Expect some high wind gusts but no fog for the morning commute.

    The mid-Willamette Valley, however, isn't as lucky. Heavy fog conditions start in Albany and continue to south of Eugene. If you're heading that way, be prepared for low visibility.

    BEAVERTON 8:28 a.m.; Crash reported at Southwest Allen and Hall boulevards.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:52 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Airport Way.

    UPDATE 8:10 a.m; This crash involves a shuttle bus and has injured passengers.

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    ALOHA 7:39 a.m.; Crash involving a dump truck on Tualatin Valley Highway at 185th Avenue.

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    Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 7.27.40 AM.pngHWY 212 Clackamas 

    CLACKAMAS 6:59 a.m.; One westbound lane is closed on Highway 212/224 at 82nd Drive for a two-vehicle crash.

    UPDATE 7:44 a.m.; Cleared. Backup is stretching to 122nd Ave.

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    DOWNTOWN 6:56 a.m.; Auto - pedestrian crash reported on Northwest Third Avenue and Burnside Street, downtown Portland.

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    SELLWOOD 6:37 a.m.; Injury crash on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard on the Tacoma Street overpass.

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    Tualatin Police are joining in on the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign and conducting a safety belt blitz through Feb. 21. Priorities are one safety belt education and the correct use of child safety seats.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

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  • Portland-area pets for adoption Feb. 9 (photos)

    Animals currently available for adoption at local shelters.

    Big floppy dogs. Small shy kittens. Rascally rabbits. Which is perfect for your temperament, your lifestyle, your floor space?

    Finding the right pet is never easy, but across the Portland area a passel of agencies is ready to help you find the right cat, dog or other adoptable animal for your home zoo. Each week, we present a photo sampling of the animals available with information supplied by the shelter or agency putting them up for adoption.

    Find more on the pets and other adoption choices at:

    If you adopt a pet featured on OregonLive's Pets for Adoption gallery, send us an email telling us your story to susangreen@oregonian.com

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Forecast: Plenty of sunshine - and wind - with warmer temperatures

    The Troutdale airport reported wind gusts of 44 mph early this morning and areas near the gorge will continue to experience occasional high winds and gusts of 45-60 mph.

    Fat Tuesday will mostly repeat the weather of yesterday with clear skies, highs in the low 60s, and breezy conditions. The Troutdale airport reported wind gusts of 44 mph early this morning and areas near the gorge will continue to experience occasional high winds and gusts of 45-60 mph. Portland and Vancouver could see gusts up to 35 mph, but mostly we'll just call it breezy.

    The farther you travel from the metro area, the lighter the winds. In the mid-Willamette Valley this morning fog is forming and keeping visibility down to less than a third of a mile. Albany and Eugene and the Cowlitz Valley are already socked in. They could use a bit of the wind.

    We'll start to see a change to more seasonable weather patterns beginning tomorrow. Wednesday should be partly cloudy, but still warm with a high of 63. A new system will bring light showers (especially to the coast) starting on Thursday.

    High temperatures will remain in the high 50s to the low 60s. Overnight temperatures remain in the mid 40s.

  • Gresham police identify man killed in shooting Friday

    Detectives don't yet know why he was shot near the area of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street, or what connection he may have had with three men arrested after a high-speed chase.

    The Gresham Police Department identified the 22-year-old man killed in Friday afternoon's shooting as Ravell Deshawn Sterling of Portland.

    Ravell_Sterling.jpgRavell Deshawn Sterling 

    Detectives continue to investigate why he was shot near Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street, or what connection he may have had with three men arrested after a high-speed chase, according to a news release.

    Rony Celis, 23, of Renton; Charles Moimoi, 20, of SeaTac; and Clayton Harrell, 18, of Des Moines, Washington, were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges related to homicide. The men were taken into custody just before 3:30 p.m. Friday after a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 mph, Trooper William Finn, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said late Friday.

    Their arrest happened after Portland police spotted a car matching the description heading north on Interstate 205, a Gresham police spokesman said this weekend. A chase ensued through Clark and Cowlitz counties forcing Washington authorities to join the pursuit. The three men were taken into custody on northbound Interstate 5 near Kalama, Finn said. 

    The Gresham Police Department asks anyone with information about the homicide to call detectives at 503-618-2719.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Portland Metro Monday Traffic: Fatal crash on Kruse Way on-ramp to HWY 217

    In Vancouver, more drainage work on I-205 in both directions cause nighttime lane closures between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street.


    Plenty of bright sun for your morning drive, walk, bus ride or bike. Skip the rain jacket and find the sunglasses.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.20.42 AM.pngKruse Way at HWY 217 

    A pedestrian was struck in a pre-6 a.m. crash on Kruse Way at the onramp to Highway 217 north and I-5 south. As of 6:15 a.m. ALL lanes from Kruse Way north to 217 and the left turn lane to I-5 south are closed.

    UPDATE 8:20 a.m.; This crash is a pedestrian fatal. Officials expect this intersection to re-open at 10 a.m.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:54 a.m.; Emergency vehicles heading to a reported auto-bicycle crash Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard at Taylors Ferry Road, in front of Starbucks.

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    MILWAUKIE 6:40 a.m.; Crash on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard at Park Avenue.

    UPDATE 7:52 a.m.; All lanes now open.

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    NORTH PORTLAND 6:24 a.m.; Crews heading to a reported crash on North Marine Drive at Portland Road.

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    In Vancouver, more drainage work on I-205 in both directions cause nighttime lane closures between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street. Expect up to two lanes closed nightly 8 p.m.-6 a.m. beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 13.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

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  • Portland Metro Monday Forecast: Sun, sun and more sun and flirting with a record warm temp

    Our string of dry, warm weather keeps rolling along with sunny days expected through Wednesday.

    Portland's record high temperature for February 8 is 62 (set in 1995). Admittedly that's a pretty warm temperature for early February (it is mid-winter after all) but today we'll flirt with tying that record as we did yesterday. And our string of dry, warm weather keeps rolling along with sunny days expected through Wednesday.

    Flowers are blooming, buds are forming and the early spring some have wished for seems on its way - at least this week. Later in the week our regularly scheduled rain should move back in and put all these crazy dreams to rest.

    But for now, dream away. Put the umbrella in for early retirement, find your sunglasses (where ARE those?) and try not to think about how much money you spent on that fancy new rain jacket. You'll use it again, soon.

    With the current sunny weather, we've also got wind. Expect sustained winds at 7-13 mph and gust today as high as 28 mph. The coast will be even more windy, but also warmer with highs of 65.

    Areas in the mid Willamette Valley and south (that will not see the gusty winds) will experience some foggy conditions this morning and tomorrow. Expect limited visibility if you're traveling south of Salem early today or tomorrow.

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