Snow at down here at 250 feet in the Tualatin Valley of Oregon (just west of Portland) isn't quite as rare as snow in Vegas, but 3+ inches of dry powder is pretty darn unusual. Add to that a general absence of ice and that it totally caught everyone by surprise and it is very very rare. It didn't start until early this morning, so a few school districts were caught with students on busses. The TV is airing hour after hour of Storm Team Coverage, showing people trying to drive their BMW Z4 convertables up slick hills, busses and semis slid sideways across streets, Portland Police riding around on ATV's, and frustrated commuters getting out of standing traffic by driving backwards up the onramps.
For those of us that don't HAVE to go anywhere, the mood is festive . My cul-de-sac draws kids from all around the neighborhood for sledding and everyone is laughing and having a great time while it lasts. There may be freezing rain later this afternoon, which will put a damper on everything.