Light freezing rain on tap for Gorge and Hood River areas?
PORTLAND, Ore. - After several days of cold but clear and windy weather, a small weather system is making it's way into the Northwest and could bring freezing rain to some areas.
KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said it's possible the small disturbance could bring freezing rain to the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley areas, but if it happens, there won't be much rain to freeze.
"It's going to be a really relatively small area that sees any freezing rain if any at all today," Shelby said. "It looks like it's just the Gorge and Hood River Valley that will see the possibility of freezing rain" since most other areas will be above the freezing mark when the rain arrives, Shelby said.
Shelby said that if the rain does materialize, it will only be about .02 of an inch. However, that's enough to cause slick conditions on roadways.
"There may be isolated icy spots that don't get much sun during the day that could stay below 32 degrees west of the Gorge that could see black ice," Shelby said. "This would include spots in the coast range. However, most travel troubles will be in the frozen Gorge."
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Going forward, Rhonda said there are no large storms in the forecast but conditions will continue to be on the cool side but above freezing west of the Cascades. Dry conditions are expected on Friday.
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