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Record cold arrives and could continue

Portland and other parts of the Pacific Northwest experienced record low temperatures overnight — and the cold weather is predicted to continue into the week.

"Historic December cold descended upon parts of the Pacific Northwest early Sunday morning, as the mercury dipped to as low as -41 degrees below zero in Oregon. Under a thick blanket of snow, several locations set new records," says Steve Pierce, owner of Northwest Weather Consultants and President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Association.

KOIN Local 6 Meteorologist Sally Showman predicts Monday in the much of the region will starts in the teens, with temperatures topping out around freezing in the afternoon. A weak disturbance could bring flurries to the northern Willamette Valley and southwest Washington by evening, she says.

Lakeview set an all-time record overnight at -27 degrees. Vancouver set a low record for the day at 9 degrees. Eugene recorded the second-coldest temperature -10. The all-time record there is -12.

"Equally impressive was the fact that out of nearly 750 stations reporting across Oregon this morning, more than 400 of them fell below zero last night," says Pierce.

The temperature recorded at the Portland Intenrational Airport was 12 degrees, which was not a record. But the city of Portland has not had a day with temperatures in the single digits since 1989 — a quarter-century ago.

In response to the cold, Portland and other cities in the region have opened up warming shelters for homeless people and people without enough heat in their homes. Non-profit organizations like JOIN have already been out helping people living on the streets.

"The main job is to keep them alive. We've been out the last six days helping people get the gear they need," says Will Harris, associate director of JOIN. "If they don't, we will make sure they do."

Donations are necessary — blankets, coats, other winter items. Call 211 for more information on a drop center.

KOIN News 6 contributed to this story.