I-84 through the Gorge reopens

I-84 through the Gorge reopens

I-84 through the Gorge reopens

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by KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 13 at 1:02 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - A combination of ice, rain, fog and wind were enough to cause nearly a dozen wrecks in less than hour on Saturday, prompting ODOT to close Interstate 84 access to the Columbia River Gorge until noon Sunday.

In the meantime, Washington state closed SR-14 to semis due to icy conditions but allowed other traffic through.

A jacknifed semi temporarily closed Oregon 18, the Sheridan-Willamina HIghway, at milepost 25 but all lanes were reopened around 11:30 a.m.

Snow accumulation in metro Portland never happened, as most Northwest meteorologists had expected, and temperatures hovered in the mid 30s heading into Saturday night. But any dip below freezing, coupled with the steady precipitation, would make travel even more dangerous.

Freezing rain was forecast in the Cascade foothills below the 4,000 foot level until Sunday afternoon, when temperatures across NW Oregon and SW Washington were expected to warm, KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said.

The National Weather Service downgraded most Winter Storm Warnings to advisories, which remained in effect throughout the weekend.

Half an inch of snow or a thin layer of freezing rain was still possible, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard, but fears of a repeat of last year had mostly abated.

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