Winter storm blasts Northwest; 2nd in 2 days

    By By STEVEN DUBOIS | Small Business

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Northwest residents are absorbing the second blow of a 1-2 winter punch by taking a snow day and keeping their cars in the garage.

    In downtown Portland, streets coated with a thin layer of packed snow were nearly traffic-free before the first flurries fell Friday. Office buildings generally packed with workers were quiet, and shops closed early or didn't open at all.

    It was a similar scene throughout western Oregon and southwest Washington as the region awaited and then received its second winter storm in two days.

    The snow was expected to turn to freezing rain Friday night and Saturday in many areas.

    The first storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Pacific Northwest and left one person dead in an Interstate 5 pileup in southwest Washington.

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