Record cold, then freezing rain in Portland metro

Bundle up and grab your sunglasses

A woman bundles up against the cold air, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A woman bundles up against the cold air, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The coldest air in 2 years in the Portland metro area is likely to be followed by freezing rain this weekend.

Thursday morning’s 17 degrees was the coldest temperature for this date, breaking by 2 degrees the record set in 1982. Friday morning may be even colder, with widespread temps in the teens west of the Cascades early in the day.

But the sun will shine brightly through Friday.

Record cold temperatures for January 5, 2017 (KOIN)
Record cold temperatures for January 5, 2017 (KOIN)

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Weekend brings changes

A winter storm watch has been issued for the valley, coast range and Cascades from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Plan for treacherous driving conditions starting Saturday. A wet system moves in from the south Saturday morning.

By afternoon, moisture is pulling into Portland. Expect a brief period of snow before a transition to freezing rain Saturday evening.

The cold east wind ramps up in the gorge and metro Saturday morning and continues throughout the weekend. With the freezer door open, the metro will likely remain icy through Sunday.

The southern Willamette Valley will thaw first, likely by Sunday. The metro will thaw late Sunday or early Monday and the gorge will remain snowy and icy through Monday.

Next week looks very wet with highs in the 40s and lows in the mid to upper-30s.


  • Severe weather night and day warming centers are open in Gresham and Portland tonight.  Anyone seeking shelter should call 211info by dialing 211, toll free, from any phone. 211 will help identify the closest available shelter and transportation options. Complete list of Multnomah County Shelters