Portland, Ore., power outage as snow turns to rain

By JONATHAN J. COOPER | January 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM EST

Snow accumulates on tree branches along Skyline Blvd. in Portland, Ore. creating a winter wonderland to look at but slippery driving conditions at Portland's higher elevations, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Communities across Oregon braced for a new punch from Mother Nature as forecasters warned of hurricane-force wind gusts overnight on the coast and heavy snow in the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascades. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Doug Beghtel) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 30,000 Oregon households in the Portland metro area are without power because of power lines knocked down by a winter storm that moved in overnight.

The storm brought some snow, but it changed to rain and the snow quickly began melting, leaving a slushy mix on the roads, cars and trees.

Portland General Electric says the customers without power are mainly in Gresham, Oregon City and western Portland. The utility is working to restore service.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for the Cascade Mountains until late Wednesday.