Expect Delays in Auto Shipping in the Portland Metro Area This Week
Auto shipping in the Portland metro area this week may be harder to find thanks to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS is expecting 2-4 inches of snow to come Thursday. In addition, ice – up to a quarter of an inch – is expected Thursday night. This weather advisory affects the entire Portland metro area as well as northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington State.
How can weather can delays in auto shipping to the Portland metro area?
Snow is an auto shippers’ worst enemy. Well, maybe not their worst enemy, but it’s dangerous for carriers nonetheless. Around the Portland metro area, main routes such as Interstate 5 and I-205 tend to see plenty of traffic, and this can help keep the snow at bay. However, if accumulation is rapid, routes can get shut down fast.
I-5 is already known for its congestion around the I-5 bridge. Snow and ice can make this even worse. This can result in carriers getting stuck for hours on end, especially if there are accidents on the road.
Accidents caused by snow and ice aren’t uncommon. Take a look at this video – it’s as if people forget how to drive in snow! Jokes aside, snow is a much different beast, especially if it’s covering ice on the road.
Portland and much of the Pacific Northwest is known more for its ice than snow – as a PNWer, I know this full well. Ice is a major problem for auto shippers too, particularly black ice.
Can I do anything about delays in auto shipping to the Portland metro area?
When it comes to snow and ice, sadly, there’s little you can do other than wait it out. Luckily, around here it’s not usually so bad. Snow and ice is relatively uncommon during most seasons, and many times there’s only one major snowstorm that brings temperatures that low.
However, this year is a different story, and you need to be prepared. If you’ve yet to book your shipment, it may not be a bad idea to wait a few days. This can give the Portland metro area a chance to thaw. If your vehicle is in transit through the Portland metro area, we recommend you speak to an agent about your shipment. If it has to be picked up, you should expect some delays until carriers know for sure the roads are clear.
On getting quotes for auto shipping to the Portland metro area
If you’re interested in auto shipping to the Portland metro area, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It won’t take more than a minute but it will net you free quotes from top auto transportation companies. It is completely free and we make sure each company is fully licensed and bonded. More importantly, we make sure they use only fully insured carriers as well. This way, you’ll be in good hands from start to finish. If you have questions or concerns, be it about shipping to the Portland metro area or otherwise, give us a call. You can contact an agent any time at 800-930-7417.