Three emergency shelters will open in the Portland area Monday as the region braces for freezing temperatures and possible snowfall. The shelters will open 8 pm Monday and close at 7 am Tuesday, February 14, when rising temperatures are expected to melt any potential snow accumulation. While temperatures aren’t expected to drop below 32 degrees, a winter weather advisory is in place from 10 pm Monday to 10 am Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of snow during the early hours of February 14. Forecasts predict low-elevation areas could see between one and three inches of snow.
Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson declared a state of emergency Monday, triggering TriMet to provide rides to anyone traveling to or from a shelter, regardless of their ability to pay fare. Residents can also call 211 to receive a free ride to an emergency shelter. Pets are accepted at all three shelters and no one will be turned away.
Shelters opening at 8 pm February 13:
- Arbor Lodge, 7440 N. Denver Ave., Portland
- Imago Dei, 1302 S.E. Ankeny St., Portland
- Multnomah County East, 600 N.E. 8th St., Gresham