The wintry weather returned to the Portland area Saturday. Overnight, a system moving in from the south started bringing light rain to the area. With the colder pockets of air and ground surfaces, the rain turned to ice.
S.E. 32nd Ave. in Milwaukie was a sheet of ice, mainly on where the bare pavement was exposed. Around 9:00 a.m., it seems the icy surface was in a transition. The ice weakened and felt a little slushy. Yet, anything with a rubber contact will not have much luck gripping.
Not until around 11:00 a.m. the temperature outside finally broke above the freezing threshold at 33°F (1°C). The National Weather Service office in Portland has issued a Ice Storm Warning for the region for today, set to expire around 10:00 p.m. tonight. NWS forecast calls for rain on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 40s, then possibly straying back into winter conditions later this week.
I enjoy the snow, but the ice not so much. I rather keep the ice in my drinks or on the rink.