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Drivers are encouraged to slow down and exercise caution when driving during winter weather conditions. 

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. today until 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Upper Hood River Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge — including the cities of Parkdale, Odell and Hood River — due to snow that is expected to transition into freezing rain on Thursday.

About 2-5 inches of new snow accumulation is expected. Most reporting stations in the area are reporting bare roads, but ice is still a possibility and chains are still required on Hwy 35 near Parkdale.

The National Weather Service predicts that Hood River will get most of its snow after 5 p.m., with a daytime snow accumulation of less than 1 inch, and 1-2 inches possible overnight, along with 5-8 mph winds.

Cascade Locks is expected to get freezing rain after 5 p.m., with winds 13- 17 mph and with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no ice accumulation expected, and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch is possible. Tonight, Cascade Locks is predicted to experience snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after 3 a.m. Winds stay in the 13-15 mph range, with gusts up to 25 mph. New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch and snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches are possible overnight.

For the most current weather forecasts, visit www.weather.gov

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