Some thawing underway, areas east of I-205 still icy and dangerous

Photo by KATU's Mike Warner

Some thawing is underway in the Portland metro region Wednesday, as temperatures are finally reaching above-freezing.

However, areas east of I-205 like the Gorge may stay below-freezing, leaving dangerous road conditions on not only neighborhood streets, but also Interstate 84.

A Winter Weather Advisory for the Portland metro region expires at noon, and it has been extended for the west side of the Gorge until 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Warmer air is pushing into the central Coast and south end of the Valley Wednesday afternoon.

More rain showers are expected later Wednesday, but with highs along the Coast and in the Valley are expected to climb to around 40 degrees, it should be just rain for the lowlands.

The Coast, Coast Range and Valley are set to see a big dose of rain from the next system Thursday into Friday. The timing of that system Thursday looks to bring rain to the North Coast by about 8 a.m., the Valley by about 11 a.m.

Daytime highs will jump into the 40s and low 50s. Expect 40s into the New Year.

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