Pockets of freezing rain possible in metro area until 4 p.m.

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:42 AM

PORTLAND - Freezing rain in pockets may cause light icing in the Portland Metro area until 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.

"At this point there is very little moisture, but over the next few hours that will change," Allard said Wednesday morning. "Temps are on the fringe of freezing overall. However, south near Salem there are more cities at or below the freezing mark."

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He said moisture would continue to move in with the majority reaching the metro area and central Willamette Valley over the next couple of hours.

In addition to the freezing rain advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory was in effect until 9 p.m. for the Columbia River Gorge.

"Keep in mind that any amount of ice can be very dangerous but we should only see spotty areas of freezing rain," Allard said. "Be very careful if you're heading east, especially into the Gorge because we'll see the wintry mix until tonight for some areas."

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While the Doppler radar showed rain early Wednesday morning in the Portland and Vancouver areas, Allard said most of the moisture did not actually reach the ground.

ODOT and City of Portland crews had applied de-icer to the major streets, as transportation officials advised caution for the Wednesday morning commute.

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Anyone seeking shelter during the freezing temperatures was asked to call 211. A list of shelters was also released by Multnomah County.

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