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Ice storm set to hit Columbia River Gorge

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The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Columbia River Gorge through 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Officials say travelers should expect freezing rain with up to a half inch of ice accumulating on the roads.

Trucker Alfonso Castaneda hadn’t heard about the storm until FOX 12 warned him. While gassing up in Troutdale, Castaneda said he wouldn’t tempt fate.

“I’ll just go as far as I can go. I’m not going to worry about putting chains on or anything to risk my life or others.”

ODOT workers finished coating I-84 with de-icer Tuesday afternoon between Troutdale and Hood River. Crews responded to a few accidents related to ice in the Gorge Monday night – including a jack knifed semi truck. But luckily, no one was hurt.

People who live in Corbett say ice storms are just a way of life. With fire wood in the back of his truck, John Windust says he’s ready.

“The locals are fine. Everyone’s got studded snow tires and four wheel drive.  So no one has a problem there. But people coming out to check it out – especially people going to Crown Point – I worry about them.”

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