Snow in the forecast? Out of the forecast? Either way, it's time to get winter ready with tips and email updates from PBOT

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As we enter the winter season, it's time to get ready for potential winter weather. You can sign up for updates and tips, delivered right to your email inbox or text messages.
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This image says "Get Ready!" with an image of the Portland Bureau of Transportation's winter ready sasquatch mascot.

As we enter the winter season, it's time to get ready for potential winter weather. You can sign up for updates and tips, delivered right to your email inbox or text messages. 

In addition to our winter weather information, PBOT provides updates on a variety of projects and programs as well as news releases, traffic advisories, and more.

Follow this link www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/subscribe to see a list of available topics and subscribe to the ones that interest you. We are constantly adding new programs and projects to our list.

You can also follow us on FacebookYouTubeTwitter, and Instagram.


A PBOT snow plow heads out on its winter weather route in the middle of a snow storm.

 What you need to know in the event of a winter storm:

In the event of winter weather, PBOT works to keep vital transit lines and emergency routes open in winter weather. These snow and ice routes are the most critical for our city’s police and fire stations, hospitals, schools, frequent bus routes, the downtown core, and major business districts -- about a third of our entire street grid.

PBOT’s mission is to provide at least one passable lane in each direction on these routes so that vehicles with front wheel drive or traction devices can get through. Depending on the severity of snow and ice, it can take up to three 12-hour shifts for our essential workers to sufficiently treat our routes with anti-icer. In a major snowfall, it can take our crews up to one 12-hour shift to plow our routes. Learn more about our winter weather response here.

Get connected:

  • Get Home Safe: Winter Travel Tips  How to plan ahead for winter weather, plus essential tips for taking transit, walking, biking, and driving in winter weather.
  • Winter Weather Center  Interactive map showing PBOT’s priority snow and ice routes, where we deploy salt, as well as real-time traffic, weather, road closure, and plow information.
  • Road Closures Current PBOT winter weather road closures and chain advisories. 
  • Public Alerts  Stay Informed. Sign up for emergency notifications via text, email, or phone from regional agencies including PBOT, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), TriMet, and Multnomah County.
  • Report Road Hazards Call PBOT Maintenance emergency dispatch 24/7 at 503-823-1700
  • PBOT Notifications  Choose the PBOT notifications you want to receive via email or text including news releases, traffic advisories, and winter weather information.
  • PBOT on Social Media  Visit PBOT on Facebook or follow @PBOTInfo on Twitter and Instagram for news, alerts, road closures, advisories and more during winter weather.

A PBOT crew member installs heavy trains onto a truck ahead of winter weather.

 Chains: Your Link to Safety

Have you purchased chains yet for your vehicle? 

Take the time to practice putting them on your car while the weather is nice! You'll be glad you did.

Click here for more winter weather travel tips for pedestrians and people biking and driving.


Looking down at a freshly cleared storm drain you can see the boots of the person taking the photo standing on the curb, their rake next to the storm drain, and water flowing down from a wet and leafy street.

Adopt a Storm Drain

PBOT crews work hard to keep the drains clear. But with over 58,000 drains in the city, they can’t get to all of them.

That’s why we're asking Portlanders to adopt storm drains in their neighborhoods and help to keep them free and clear of leaves.

Click here for tips on how to safely clear your neighborhood storm drains.