Travelers advised to drive slow and expect delays on Interstate 84

Icy roads in the Columbia River Gorge have made travel difficult along Interstate 84, according to road officials.

Don Hamilton, spokesman at the Oregon Department of Transportation, said travelers should expect delays and use extreme caution.

Several sections of Interstate 84 were closed Monday morning in westbound lanes following a handful of crashes on icy roads.

Two people were killed around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, when multiple cars crashed on the highway east of Pendleton.

Drivers were advised to use alternative routes.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory early Monday for the East Columbia Gorge and Lower Columbia Basin.

Weather officials said a thin covering of ice could cause traffic problems on roadways and hazardous driving conditions.

The scheduled March 1 opening of Vista House in Corbett was postponed due to icy conditions and winds up to 50-70 mph.

Those traveling on Interstate 84 through Troutdale to Cascade Locks and Hood River should expect lots of rain and be prepared for slippery roads.

Freezing rains in the Gorge were expected to diminish by Monday afternoon and turn into rain.

Forecasts for the Gresham area call for heavy rains and occasionally windy weather over the next few days with high temperatures in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-40s. Thursday, rain is expected to lighten into showers with the possibility of thunderstorms throughout the day, according to weather reports.

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