Icy roads make Portland commute treacherous; schools closed

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The long holiday weekend has stretched to a fourth day for many Oregonians.

Light snow and freezing rain turned streets and sidewalks into a skating rink, prompting school closures in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro and other districts in the Willamette Valley.

Though busy roads were in decent shape, those less traveled glistened with a coat of ice. Pedestrians slid to their destinations.

Officials closed state offices in the Portland area and Hood River. OHSU Hospital remained open for patients, but urged non-essential employees to stay home. Vancouver, Washington, canceled garbage pickup because of icy neighborhood streets.

The temperature in Portland was right at freezing at the start of the morning commute. Forecasters expected it to gradually rise to the high 30s.

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