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Black ice on roads cause problems for Wednesday morning commuters

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland saw rain showers Tuesday night and that left some black ice on the roads in some areas Wednesday morning.

There have already been reports of at least one crash possibly related to black ice on SW McConnell Rd.

Melted snow also contributes to black ice on the roads and transportation officials are still advising drivers to use caution.

A number of schools districts including Tigard-Tualatin, Longview and Vancouver are two hours late this morning. Corbett, Woodland, Colton and Mt. Pleasant school districts are closed. See the full closure list here.  

Those living in the West Hills still have a significant amount of ice left on the roads.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation many side streets are too narrow, steep, or windy for plows and de-icing trucks to get to them.

Many cars are still parked on roads because owners are unable to move them.

PBOT asked for those living in the higher elevations to be patient.

The good news is warmer temperatures Wednesday could mean some thawing of ice left on the roads.

Areas out near the Gorge are still seeing some ice as well.

Weather officials said some morning freezing rain could cause some slick spots on the roads.

Roads should slowly thaw later Wednesday, but a cold east wind will continue through the weekend. 

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