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Record snowfall blankets Inland Northwest

Winter weather came roaring back to the Spokane area Thursday morning, April 2, 2009, but didn't stop dog owners from walking the pets around a snowy Hart Field on Spokane's south side. 

 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Winter weather came roaring back to the Spokane area Thursday morning, April 2, 2009, but didn't stop dog owners from walking the pets around a snowy Hart Field on Spokane's south side. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spring break looked more like winter break this morning as 1 to 3 inches of snow blanketed the Inland Northwest.

The snowfall record for April 2 was shattered, according to weather officials. About 3 inches of snow was recorded at the Spokane International Airport as of 7:30 a.m., topping the 1920 record of 1.2 inches.

The snow is expected to continue today, said Jeffrey Cote, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Rain will be added to the mix as the day warms up to about 40 degrees. More snow is expected tonight with additional accumulations expected by Friday morning.

A winter storm warning for the Inland Northwest remains in effect until 5 p.m. today.

Then the weather will warm up for the weekend, Cote said. By Sunday, the high is expected to reach 57.



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