PORTLAND-- Freezing rain could hit the Columbia River Gorge, light snow may fall in lower elevations Thursday and high winds will continue to pound the Vancouver and Portland Metro areas at least for one more night, according to meteorologists.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory in effect through Thursday morning for the metro area. A Freezing Rain Advisory was also issued for the Gorge through early Friday morning.

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About 2,000 PGEcustomers 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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KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said skies should remain clear overnight, and temperatures would stay low. He said light precipitation was possible for Thursday, which could lead to a bit of slushy rain or light snow in some areas.

Motorists need to be especially careful around Interstate 84, especially in shady areas where there may be black ice, said Don Hamilton, with the Oregon Department of Transportation. It's dangerous out there where a motorist can't see. Even on a sunny day like this.

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

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