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Early season cold weather freezes local outdoor areas

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So far this December there has been an unusually abundant number of days below freezing. While this may not set off any plans to go camping, it still could be worth a look around outside to see what designs the nature sprites have left in the park or in the puddles or falling from the skies.

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Even before the freezing weather there have been weather events with pea-sized hail. After the freeze, small pools of water on Elk Rock Island have frozen into unique and dramatic designs. Further out of town, Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls created a splash with frozen spray and icicles along the edges of the speeding water.

The 10 day forecast shows freezing weather again tonight and next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Maybe you have an outdoor pond or river near you that could collect ice at the edges. If not, there are campgrounds that are open all winter such as Stub Stewart and Beacon Rock.

The attached slideshow shows this season's ice to date from various locations near Portland and of course, the pea-sized hail.

Bundle up and bring a thermos and check out the winter scenery either at home or out in the forest. The price is right and the crowds are smaller.

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