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Freezing rain downs trees, powerlines

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PORTLAND – Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported nearly 24,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power.

Light-rail lines were delayed primarily because of ice on the east side of town and downed power lines closed a number of streets.

The ice followed snow that fell Friday.

All lanes of Interstate 84 were closed Saturday morning from Troutdale to Hood River because of icy conditions.

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning and winter storm warning for much of the Columbia River Gorge through early Saturday and said travel would be difficult.

In Washington, the State Patrol said Friday night that troopers had investigated 113 collisions in 24 hours in King County.

A winter storm warning was issued through Saturday afternoon for southeast Washington and northeast Oregon.

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