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UPDATE: Gorge driving remains treacherous

KOIN-6 NEWS - Interstate 84 on Friday morning remains largely covered in snow and ice in the Bridal Veil area of the Columbia River Gorge just east of Troutdale. The brunt of this week’s wintry weather is over, but roads remained dangerously icy for the Friday morning commute, and Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge remains covered in snow, ice, and slow-moving vehicles and semi-trucks.

Thursday’s snow turned to freezing rain overnight, causing thick ice to form on most roads. Side roads are a main concern as city officials managed to de-ice many main roadways, reported KOIN-6 News, an Outlook/Pamplin Media Group news partner.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Roads in Gresham this morning were treacherous following a night of freezing rain throughout the Portland metro area.Road conditions will improve throughout the morning as temperatures climb toward 40 by the afternoon. The rest of Friday is expected to be cold and damp for the Portland metro, with occasional rain showers typical for this time of year. Winds will likely be dramatically calmer today.

The Columbia River Gorge will stay below freezing through much of the day Friday with a mix of snow and sleet continuing through the early part of the day. Eastern portions of the gorge could see another 2-3 inches of snow that may mix with freezing rain at times later in the day. Western parts of the gorge will see a mix of sleet and freezing rain with temperatures staying below freezing.

Roads will stay very icy through the gorge all day Friday, and a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Gorge until Friday at 4 p.m. Tire chains are required for travel along I-84.

The central valley continued to see icy conditions through early Friday morning. But temperatures should climb quickly Friday — with only occasional rain showers on and off throughout the day — which means the icy roads won’t be around for very long.

The coast will continue to experience on and off rain showers with temperatures in the upper 40s, keeping roads icy through the coast range and over the passes.

East County

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Neighborhoods in Gresham were akin to skating rinks this morning as people woke up after a night of freezing rain. Government offices across East Multnomah County are closed today, including the cities of Wood Village, Fairview and Troutdale.

Public works departments are still hard at work, sanding and grading essential streets as fast as possible.

Randy Lauer, a Wood Village public works employee, said that broken branches, freezing rain and slick city streets all pose a hazard to drivers.

He said the first streets to receive de-icing treatments include Northeast 238th, Northeast Holladay, Northeast Shea Lane, Northeast 240th and Northeast 236th and 237th.

"The updated forecast indicates freezing rain warning until late this afternoon," said Wood Village City Manager Bill Peterson. "There are no specific issues, other than icy roadways."