I took the dogs out again. Had enough foot traffic that the ice is broken up on the sidewalk to the Rite-Aid, which is now open. About 25 F. -- that's a little below zero for you Centigrade fans -- and a bit of mixed rain/ice pellets starting to come down.
That's not good.
The danger with freezing rain, of course, is that it coats everything; branches and power lines get heavy. Power outages are usually when a big branch, or tree, over-burdened with ice, snaps and falls on a likewise glazed power line and takes it down.
Our power is underground here, but that doesn't help with the feeder lines on poles.
Only a few thousand folks in the Portland area without power at the moment, but they expect that number will grow.
Got some guy in a chained pick-up truck with a plow-blade clearing paths in the parking lot at the Rite-Aid. Didn't have any rock salt, but table salt will work -- somewhat -- and it's cheap enough to use a box or two. Gave me an excuse to walk to the store and get out of the house to enjoy the winter wonderland.
I'm ready for summer now.