Grab a coat, scarf and gloves, but leave the umbrella at home this week

Grab a coat, scarf and gloves, but leave the umbrella at home this week

PORTLAND, Ore. – You’re going to need a coat this week.

It doesn’t need a hood, but it better be thick.

For the next week or so, the weather is going to be dry – and very, very cold.

KATU meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said a modified Arctic air mass is moving into the area, meaning Monday’s high temperature happened very early in the morning.

“We’re going to see cold, dry winter-like temperatures taking over as the day goes along,” she said. “It’s going to be in the 30s tonight. We’ve been that cold this year.  But we’ve not seen the low-20s.”

The forecast shows temperatures barely climbing above freezing between Tuesday and Sunday, and dipping as low as 20 degrees.

The good news is, there’s not much moisture associated with the trend. Much as the rain abated in Seattle on Monday morning, Shelby expects it will do so in Portland in time to avoid dangerous conditions.

“It should dry out before the cold really sets in, which will be around midnight,” she said. “People should watch out for ice if they’re out really late tonight, but I don’t have much worry about that. 

“It gets disruptive for the people who work really late, but for everybody else, it’s grab the winter coat and make sure the kids are wearing gloves.”

KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky warned that there may be some patches of ice on area roads Tuesday morning and elevations between 500 and 1,000 feet may get just a dusting of snow overnight. The Coast Range may get one or two inches of snow.

But what about accumulating snow this week around the Portland area?

"There's still a chance that we might see some snow at some very low elevations as the week rolls along," Salesky said.

He said there's a 40 to 50 percent chance of some snow accumulating between 500 to 1,000 feet in elevation Friday.

But the bottom line is it's going to be cold and dry this week.

Watch the forecast: