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School and program closures for Wednesday

Icy roads close schools in Columbia Gorge, Eastern Oregon

PORTLAND (AP) — Icy roads closed schools throughout Eastern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge.

In Eastern Oregon, the overnight storm that dumped snow and ice led officials to cancel classes Wednesday in Hermiston, Pendleton, Umatilla, Boardman, Milton-Freewater and elsewhere. Government offices of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation government offices were also closed.

Icy roads in the Columbia River Gorge closed or delayed schools on both sides of the Oregon-Washington line.

Interstate 84 remained open, but travel was slow because of the slippery pavement and poor visibility.

U.S. 26 east of Mt. Hood was closed early Wednesday because of jackknifed semis near Warm Springs.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 5:40 a.m.

North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. No School for Students and Staff.

Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles Head Start closed; Carson Head Start AM and PM closed; Madras head Start closed

Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed

The Wasco County Area Watershed Councils Coordinating Board and Wasco County SWCD Board meetings scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 are cancelled.

The National Weather Service of Pendleton, Oregon, has issued an urgent weather advisory in expectation of snow, rain and freezing rain moving through the region through early Wednesday morning. Advisory includes The Dalles, Arlington, Maupin, Dufur, White Salmon, Ellensburg, Goldendale and Bickleton in the Columbia River Gorge.

Winter advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Ice accumulations of one to two tenths of an inch are possible, and snow accumulations of 2 inches or less in the E. Columbia River Gorge and up to eight inches in the mountains.

There will be a break in the weather system Wednesday, and precipitation will increase again Wednesday night.

Accumulations of ice and snow will cause very slick and dangerous conditions for driving and walking.



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