Tim Joyce, Portland's CW32 Chief Meteorologist
8:47 AM PST, January 3, 2013
A cold start for this Thursday. Many areas west of the Cascades are right around freezing, with some wind chills in the teens and 20s if you’re unlucky enough to be near the howling winds of the Columbia River Gorge — blowing hardest east of I-205.
Incoming rain showers will move in from the south this afternoon. That mostly means some cold rain showers for Portland with high temps around 38 degrees. Normal for this time of year is mid 40s.
This incoming rain could cause major travel problems in areas that won’t warm up above freezing today. So, the frozen air stuck in place in the Columbia River Gorge will cause the rain to freeze when it arrives. This means a lot of ice, particularly between Troutdale and Hood River. There could also be minor problems with freezing drizzle in Central and Eastern Oregon. The National Weather Service office in Portland has issued a freezing rain advisory from 4pm today until 4pm on Friday. It might be safer to go over the Cascade Passes than the Gorge with this round of weather.
The weekend is looking a bit warmer with mostly cloudy skies for Portland and a slight chance of rain. Rain a bit more likely getting into next week.
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