Freezing Rain Downs Trees, Powerlines
PORTLAND (AP) — Freezing rain moved into the Northwest, downing trees and power lines and stranding some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports nearly 24,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power Saturday.
MAX lines were delayed primarily because of ice on the east side of town and downed power lines closed a number of streets in the West Hills.
All lanes of Interstate 84 were closed Saturday morning from Troutdale to Hood River, because of icy conditions.
PGE spokesman Steve Corson says there was quite a bit of ice that weighed down the trees and frozen limbs started to drop.
The National Weather Service also issued an ice storm warning and winter storm warning for much of the Columbia River Gorge through early Saturday and said travel would be difficult.
In Washington, the State Patrol said Friday night that troopers had investigated 113 collisions in the past 24 hours in King County.
A winter storm warning was issued through Saturday afternoon for Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.