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PORTLAND -- Temperatures in Portland will drop down below freezing by mid-week and snow could hit the area Saturday morning, KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said Monday.

We should see record cold this week with highs barely pushing freezing, if that, Allard said. It'll be dry and sunny, but also very cold and breezy.

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The lowest high temperature recorded for Feb. 6 was 38 degrees. This Thursday is not expected to get warmer than 29 degrees (see graphic below).

On Saturday, rain will move in over the very cold air in place over the valley, Allard said. That means the entire area should see some snow before turning into a wintry mix later Saturday and then eventually all rain.

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Allard said the east wind could keep the western end of the Columbia River Gorge around freezing, meaning there could be trouble spots even into Sunday.

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