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PORTLAND -- Snow flurries hit the Portland area again Tuesday and continuing cold temperatures were expected to usher in as much as 6 inches of snow on the valley floor Saturday, according to KGWmeteorologists.

Arctic air should keep temperatures below freezing from Wednesday to Saturday. Temps in some areas could dip down to 10 degrees, approaching record lows, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.

Then, on Saturday, Hill said the valley floor could see 6 inches of snow.

It's only Tuesday and at this early point, confidence is as high as it could be that we're going to see 6 inches of widespread snow on Saturday, Hill said.

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A wind advisory was also in effect Tuesday night through Thursday in Portland, with speeds reaching 50 miles per hour. In the Columbia Gorge, winds could top 70 miles per hour, Hill said.

Skiers should also expect a snow dump this weekend on Mt. Hood, with up to a foot falling at ski areas. The cold weather will allow resorts to make snow throughout the week. But people headed to Mt. Hood should be careful. Hill warned that the dip in the mercury means mountain passes could be covered in ice.

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