Portland, the largest city of Oregon had been badly hit by a severe snow storm on Wednesday afternoon. People left from their workplaces quite early; to reach home safely before the storm arrived. But unfortunately, most of them got stuck in the midway, as thousands of cars and trucks could not move further, due to the piled up snow on the highways and roads.
As the amount of snow increased over the streets, the vehicles struggled to move forward very slowly, but eventually, most of their wheels got stuck in the piles of snow, which continued to pour in. Many vehicles could not even move sideways, to halt at one side of the street and the drivers had to leave their cars helplessly, at the middle of the roads. Hence, by the evening, all the streets were found to be full of stuck vehicles of all sorts; including the cars, semi-trucks and buses.
Many commuters waited for more than three hours and then started walking towards their homes, abandoning the cars on the streets. Some people still waited inside the cars, but they were afraid that the gas of their cars would be finished soon, after which it would not be possible for them to wait in the car. A school bus of Scouters Mountain Elementary were carrying the students back home and got stuck on Southeast 152nd Drive; but the principal of the school Kevin Spooner assured that the children were all safe inside the bus.
The problem was so enormous due to the fact that the roads of Portland were not sprinkled with rock salt, as snowfall is quite rare in this region. So Portland city officials said that no driver will be fined for leaving their vehicles back, due to the intensity of the sudden calamity.