Oh boy- what a way to lead into Christmas! We had already planned to be closed on Christmas Eve to give our employees a little more time to enjoy with their families. We’re always closed on Christmas day which falls on a Sunday this year so we’d be closed anyway. But now… we have a bit of an ice storm headed our way which throws the rest of the week into question.
According to Mark Nelson of Portland’s KPTV 12 weather, the ice storm should hit around evening time on Thursday the 22nd and then get worse on Friday the 23rd before warming up Saturday and Sunday. Christmas Eve may be dicey but Christmas Day should be good for travel if Santa needs to visit family around the area.
Due to this forecast, we have decided to reschedule all patients on Friday, December 23rd. There is simply too much risk traveling in the ice for our staff and patients to justify being open. We have plenty of exams available the week after Christmas if someone needs to get in by the end of the year so please call to get on the schedule if that applies to you.
Temperatures in the area are going to drop to the teens and with wind chill down to zero or lower over Thursday and Friday. Combined with the ice, it’ll be a hard few days to justify being outside- please stay home if you can. Light a fire, find some cocoa, and get cozy on the couch- it’s a perfect weekend for that. Also, if you have the means, please try and donate some money or resources to the various homeless agencies in the area. It’s going to be brutal for the people on the streets and no matter your political beliefs, no one deserves to freeze to death 3 days before Christmas. A few of those agencies can be found here. Also, A quick reminder to check out the Give Guide sponsored by Willamette Week for your last minute charity donations throughout the metro area. A great way to help support some worthy causes while helping so many people in need.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to one and all.