Closures listed for Thursday, Jan. 19

Hood River County schools closed for the day


There's a car under there somewhere. Digging out seemed to be the theme for the day Wednesday after anywhere between six inches to over two feet of snow was quickly saturated once temperatures rose and snow tunred to rain. More wet weather is in store for the next several days, with forecasts showing mixed predictions, ranging from simply a whole lot of rain to another round of snow across the central and eastern Gorge. Stay tuned ...

Slush, sleet and power outages across Hood River County have caused an array of closures and cancelations. As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, here are major closures:

All schools in Hood River County School District are closed for the day due to a power outage.

White Salmon, Lyle, Dufur, North Wascho County and Mosier schools are also closed for the day.

OCDC Odell Head Start is on a two hour delay.

Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels is closed.

Hood River Valley High School Extended Application Night is cancelled.

Pine Grove Head Start is closed.

ODOT is reporting icy conditions eastbound on I-84 near The Dalles, which has caused numerous crashes. There is extensive congestion in the area. Motorists are urged to avoid the area until temperatures warm. Eastbound from Hood River to The Dalles, chains are required on vehicles over 10,000 pounds or on vehicles pulling trailers. Eastbound from milepost 114, about the John Day River bridge, chains are required on all vehicles.

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