Freezing rain makes conditions treacherous in Gorge

Freezing rain makes conditions treacherous in Gorge

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Freezing rain makes conditions treacherous in Gorge

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by KGW staff

KING5.com

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:46 AM

PORTLAND – A  weekend storm is causing havoc for drivers by bringing moisture to the metro area and freezing rain to the Columbia Gorge.

KGW Meteorologist Jim Donovan says the freezing rain will extend east from Washougal to Hood River and snow is likely from Hood River and beyond.

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The Gorge was hit with freezing rain late Thursday and early Friday that caused headaches for drivers and those commuting east of the metro area.

At least four accidents were reported along Interstate 84 Saturday afternoon.

A three-car accident backed up traffic near Cascade Locks Saturday morning just before another crash near Multnomah Falls.

No major injuries were reported, but a lot of nerves were rattled.

Drivers traveling near the Gorge and in the upper Hood River Valley Saturday and Sunday were advised to be cautious. Any amount of freezing rain can cause dangerous ice on the road.

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Rain showers will begin in the Metro area with high temperatures hovering around the 40s on Saturday and Sunday.

More rain will come earlier in the week with freezing rain expected to continue in the Gorge.

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