Snow, freezing rain blanket much of Northwest

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 6:02 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The second day of a fierce winter storm has blanketed parts of the Northwest with another half foot of snow as icy conditions made highways treacherous and claimed another life.

New snow totals by Friday evening ranged from nine inches in western Oregon's Willamette Valley at Corvallis to two inches in Portland and an inch in Vancouver, Wash. Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, has gotten 18 inches of snow in two days.

Forecasters extended a winter storm warning for freezing rain, sleet and snow to Saturday night for much of the Willamette Valley.

In the Portland area and southwest Washington, the snowfall was expected to decrease by Saturday morning before another snow surge arrives later in the day.

Oregon State Police say a female passenger was killed Friday in a single-vehicle crash on icy Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge.

One person died Thursday in an Interstate 5 pileup in southwest Washington.

Many schools and offices were closed Friday.

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