Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Snow

Portland had the first real snow storm of the season last night just as evening commuters were on the roads.  During the storm's peak, Portland police were handling 50 traffic accidents throughout the city.   While it usually takes me a half hour to make it home from work, last night it took an extra hour .  Driving in snow takes some finesse and it seems not everyone possesses the delicate touch needed to make their cars behave.  Many Portland streets climb or descend hills, which is particularly difficult especially if one must stop at streetlights.  There are different approaches to deal with this, but the best advice is to keep moving.  If a light is red up ahead, approach slowly so you hopefully won't have to stop completely.  Downhill is even more tricky but slow, slow, slow is best.  If you can avoid the hills, make a detour around the steepest grades.  "For such a small amount of snow, I have never seen such chaos in my 21 years as a police officer," said Lt. Gary Hutcheson, who was the shift commander Monday night for Portland police.

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