Freezing rain possible in western Gorge late this afternoon

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 AM

PORTLAND -- Freezing rain could hit the Columbia River Gorge late Thursday afternoon and strong winds will continue in the Vancouver and Portland Metro areas through Thursday morning, according to meteorologists.

The National Weather Service issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the Gorge through 4 a.m. Friday morning.

The freezing rain will fall up to an elevation of about 2,500 feet in valleys of the northern Oregon  and southwest Washington Cascades, according to the weather service.

In the western end of the Gorge, expect about a tenth of an inch ice, with some areas further east in the Gorge getting two tenths of an inch.

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Power was restored by Thursday morning for most of about 2,000 PGE customers who were without power Wednesday afternoon after several power lines were knocked down. Some customers prepared themselves as soon as they heard the wind picking up early Wednesday morning.

"We thought that the way the wind was blowing, that it could happen. So you just get all the candles out, you get your kerosene lamps out and make sure you've got wood on the porch," said Chuck Rollins, who was prepared when his home lost power. "If it don't happen, it don't happen. But if it does, you are ready."

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Icy patches prompted a closure Wednesday morning of Jackson Parkway to Oregon Health Sciences University until sanding trucks could arrive.

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