PORTLAND, Ore. -- Temperatures rose to near 50 degrees Wednesday in most of Portland and throughout the Willamette Valley, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.
The Troutdale area finally rose above 32 degrees, but ice and snow will be slow to thaw. Freezing rain remained through the gorge, with an ice storm warning through 6 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
Interstate 84 was closed from Troutdale to Hood River through at least the remainder of Wednesday. On the Washington side, State Route 14 was closed from Washougal to the Hood River Bridge indefinitely due to snow slides.
Steady rain continued in Portland. Hill described the temperature Wednesday morning as "crazy warm."
At Portland International Airport, many Tuesday night flights were canceled with a few cancelations Wednesday morning. Check flight status
A Flood Watch was in effect for Western Oregon.
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"Coastal rivers, small streams and some local ponding of water in the cities from clogged storm drains are the main concerns," Hill said.
The City of Portland recommends residents have an emergency evacuation plan ready in case of flooding.
There was a high wind warning for the Oregon Coast. The National Weather Service reported an 81 mph gust at Sea Lion Caves. High tides were also causing some coastal flooding.
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