PORTLAND -- Snow flurries moved into the Portland Metro area Monday and temperatures were expected to drop down below freezing by mid-week, KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said Monday.

We have had reports of snow and wet snow showers in higher elevations of the metro area. Everyone could see a few snow or wet snow showers by the early afternoon, especially with elevation, Allard said. But I don't expect any problems Monday because of snow showers.

He said the flurries could be followed by record cold overnight temperatures later in the week.

The moisture will decrease Monday night and Tuesday with a lot of cold air coming in, Allard said. East wind will turn on again for breezy and very cold conditions through at least Saturday. We should see record cold this week with highs barely pushing freezing, if that.

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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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