Ore. holiday weekend gets a chilly, watery start

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians are beginning a holiday weekend with cold, wet weather in many parts of the state, minor flooding in the Portland metro area and large numbers of fields still too cold and wet to plant.

The late spring is still producing wintery weather at higher elevations. The State Police say seven people were injured Friday night in a crash during snowy conditions near Mount Hood.

The National Weather Service said Saturday the Columbia River is still at about flood stage in Portland and Vancouver, Wash., and will be for days. Flooding is expected in low-lying areas such as parking lots and recreation areas.

East of the Cascade Range, agriculture experts in the Klamath Basin say onion and potato farmers are two to three weeks behind planting schedules.