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Snowfall shuts down all schools, library, city offices, delays trash pickup

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Rapid snowfall, the most significant since 2008, closes schools and city facilities with garbage service planned a day later.


(This updates a previous story and includes trash pickup schedule)

COURTESY OF BROOKE HIGGS  - A youngster poses next to a snowman in Sherwood on Tuesday evening.One of the most significant snowfalls seen in Portland metro history swept through the area on Tuesday evening, all but shutting down normal activities for residents.

In Sherwood, the overnight snowfall resulted in closure of all city offices and the library for Wednesday, Jan. 11. Meanwhile, all schools are shut down and the planned school board meeting was cancelled.

Unofficial totals from Gazette readers showed five to six inches of snow in the Old Town area as of Wednesday morning while a reader reported 7.5 inches of the white stuff near Edy Ridge Elementary School. Not to be outdone, KATU Channel 2 was reporting 11 inches on Chehalem Mountain. Still, the snow totals are not quite as deep as the December 2008 snowstorm where almost two feet fell in portions of the Portland-metro area.COURTESY OF JENNIFER HARRIS - Two young people pose in the rapidly falling snow in Sherwood on Tuesday evening.

The snow was deep enough to cancel trash pickup by Pride Disposal today (Wednesday) as well.

The company's Facebook page says that if roads clear up, plans are to pick up routes one day later until Saturday meaning:

  • Wednesday customers would be picked up Thursday, Jan. 12.

  • Thursday customers would be picked up Friday, Jan. 13.

  • Friday customers would be picked up Saturday, Jan. 14.

    COURTESY OF JOEL RUDISHAUSER - Joel Rudishauser took a tape measure to the snow outside his Old Town home -- just over 5 inches early this morning.