Oregon

Freezing Rain, Then Warming, After Days Of Snow, Ice

AP | Feb. 10, 2014 6:31 a.m.

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A freezing rain advisory is in effect Monday for the Portland area, Columbia River Gorge and parts of southwest Washington.

Interstate 5 at I-405 on Monday morning.

Interstate 5 at I-405 on Monday morning.

Oregon Department of Transportation

A number of schools are closed or opening late. State offices in the Portland area are closed Monday but, state offices in Salem are open.

The National Weather Service says the freezing rain is a sign of the transition from the cold and snow to more typical February weather — a series of systems from the Pacific bringing rain to the Western Oregon valleys and snow to the mountains and parts of Eastern Oregon

Storm disrupts weekends across Pacific Northwest

Monday’s cancelations and delays follow a significant weekend storm, which disrupted plans across the Northwest U.S. The storm blanketed parts of Washington state with snow, socked Oregon and California with rain and contributed to the deaths of three people.

In Portland, city officials sent out a cellphone alert Sunday morning urging residents to stay indoors and avoid travel after freezing rain turned streets and sidewalks into thick sheets of ice. As a result, parts of Oregon and Washington were bracing for a treacherous Monday morning commute.

In central Oregon, the Deschutes County sheriff’s office was investigating three storm-related deaths, including that of a 61-year-old Bend man who collapsed while shoveling snow outside his home. An elderly couple was also found Saturday buried in snow, and authorities believe they were walking through heavy snow on an unplowed driveway to their home.

Click here for OPB’s list of school cancelations.

Click here for ODOT’s traffic alert website.

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