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Walking in a Winter Wonderland Sunday, December 21, 2008

This weekend Portland was socked with the biggest snowstorm to hit the area in at least 10 years. At least 6 inches fell across downtown Portland on Saturday, followed by about 3/8-inch of freezing rain. More snow fell this afternoon, and more is expected tonight.

The temperature has been below or close to freezing for more than a week now. For an area that typically gets just a couple of below-freezing days per year, the current cold spell is astonishing. And forecasters say the temperature won't get above 36°F until next Saturday.

Here are some photos I made today walking around Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden and the Northwest shopping area.