Cold and icy spell due Wednesday

PILES of snow will stay a while. More to come?

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
PILES of snow will stay a while. More to come?



The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from late Tuesday night through late Wednesday night.

Significant ice accumulations are possible in the Columbia River Gorge and in the Hood River Valley late Tuesday night through Wednesday night as abundant moisture falls through a colder low level air mass due to fairly strong east winds in the Gorge.

Accumulations could exceed a half inch of ice, according to NWS. The main areas of ice accumulation would be in the Gorge east of Multnomah Falls and in the Hood River Valley. The heaviest accumulations would be near Hood River and around Parkdale. The ice would make any walking and driving dangerous, and could lead to tree damage and power outages.

Rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain, is predicted on Wednesday, with a high near 37. On Thursday, rain is expected before 10 a.m., then showers likely after 10 a.m. with a high near 46.



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