When freezing rain started to fall in and around the Columbia River Gorge, the conditions forced drivers to use caution and school districts to dismiss students early.
Schools in Washougal, WA, dismissed students around 1:30 p.m.
"There was a lot of yelling and happiness going through the school," said Rhianna Brown, who is in the seventh grade.
Across the Columbia River in Corbett, OR, the school district sent kids home at 2 p.m. after delaying the start of school.
Around that time, travelers had little trouble on the main roadways that had been treated with de-icing chemicals, but the side roads and shoulders proved slippery.
"You stay off the brake, you drive a lot easier than you normally do and really the most important thing is just not getting out into it," said John Mohr, a beverage salesman who cut his workday short to avoid ice. "Stay home, when it's freezing rain. It's a very dangerous thing to deal with."
Transportation agencies echoed that sentiment asking drivers to avoid the roads until conditions improved.
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