One of the odd things or quirky things, or attractive things about the Pacific Northwest, in the Portland Area, is that once every 5 years or so the weather is just right: freezing ice cold winds out of the Columbia Gorge meet a low that just sits off the coast, and dumps copious amounts of snow or freezing rain or ice everywhere, for several days and everywhere is stuck for a week, as the whole weather pattern gets "stuck" in this state.
This is one of those times. I'm reminded of this:
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