- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - After some relatively dry days, snow and hard rain have returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Flood watches are in effect through Saturday for much of western Oregon and southwest Washington because of heavy rainfall.

The mountains are seeing significant snow, and slick roads led many Central Oregon districts to close schools Thursday, including Bend.

In the Columbia River Gorge, school districts in both Oregon and Washington either canceled classes or delayed the opening bell. Buses in some districts were running on snow routes.

Snow began falling Thursday morning in Washington’s mountains.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Snoqualmie Pass, east of Seattle, through 4 a.m. on Friday.

They predicted a foot of snow on Thursday and another 9 inches overnight.

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