PORTLAND – The cold weather and freezing overnight temperatures are here to stay, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard. On Tuesday, the City of Portland and Metro-area residents were preparing for a week of wintry weather.
Tuesday was mostly sunny with a high around 37, Allard said. That should be the warmest temperature of the week, with Wednesday and Thursday hovering around freezing. Nighttime temperatures will drop to the low to mid-20s.
The skies will remain clear until Thursday night or Friday, when Allard said Metro-area residents may see a few snow showers. The coast may see snow as well.
Both the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland were spreading de-icer on roadways.
Furnace repairmen said cold weather makes furnaces work harder, and many were expecting an uptick in calls for repairs.
Local repairman Peter Fritz said homeowners should get their furnaces maintained once a year. They should also install a carbon monoxide detector, which could alert homeowners to a furnace issue.
Coastal residents may see even more wintry weather than those who live in the Metro area.
“Right now, the majority of the moisture will be at the coast and in the valley,” Allard said, “Which makes it one of those rare events where the coast will see more winter weather than the Metro.”
On Monday, flurries and snow showers were seen in many parts of the state. KGW viewers sent in photos of the snowfall, which blanketed backyards and roads.
Slideshow: Viewer photos of snow around the state
KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report.