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Thousands lose power as winter storm stretches into third day

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A PGE crew works on power lines in NE Portland A PGE crew works on power lines in NE Portland
Ice caused a tree to fall on NE Wistaria Dr. at 42nd Ave. (Photo: Eric Peterson) Ice caused a tree to fall on NE Wistaria Dr. at 42nd Ave. (Photo: Eric Peterson)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Tens of thousands of people were without power as freezing rain continued to bring down tree branches and power lines Saturday.

As of 8:00 a.m., Portland General Electric was reporting about 24,000 customers without power. Most of the affected customers were in Multnomah County.

Pacific Power was reporting more than 15,000 customers without power and Clark Public Utilities reported about 1,300 customers in the dark.

As of 3:00 p.m., PGE was reporting about 10,700 customers without power and Pacific Power was reporting nearly 6,300 customers without power. Clark Public Utilities had restored power to all but about 170 customers.

At 10:00 p.m., PGE was reporting about 5,000 customers without power. Most were in Multnomah County.

PGE said the company received more than 250 reports of downed lines since Thursday and crews were working to restore power to as many customers as possible.

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Lingering snow and ice also led to the closure of I-84 in the Columbia Gorge Saturday. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the freeway was closed between Troutdale and Hood River.

Icy conditions also created problems for drivers in and around Portland.

TriMet said it was dealing with widespread delays and disruptions to MAX service due to ice on overhead wires and downed tree limbs. Many bus lines were also running behind.

Some roads in the West Hills of Portland were closed because of treacherous driving conditions, including portions of Northwest Skyline Boulevard, Cornell Road and Germantown Road.

Forecasters expect the slow thaw to continue, with temperatures rising above freezing Saturday afternoon. Highs are expected to be in the low 40s, though higher elevations and the Gorge will be slower to thaw than the Portland metro area.

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