Rare snowstorm hammers W. Oregon, SW Washington

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Updated: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:15:05 EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forecasters say a rare and powerful snowstorm has hammered parts of the Pacific Northwest, dropping more than a foot of snow in parts of western Oregon and southwest Washington.

Part two of the storm is expected to hit Oregon on Friday afternoon, bringing another 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Thursday's storm has left one person dead in a massive Interstate 5 pileup in southwest Washington, caused multiple other wrecks and closed schools and offices.

The Oregon Transportation Department says the snowstorm also caused a string of multiple car crashes on I-5 near Albany, essentially closing the highway there for five hours.

A National Weather Service spokesman says the last back-to-back snow event like this in the region hit in December 2008.

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