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Warmer weather coming through Saturday

Thu., April 30, 2009, 7:24 a.m.

A warm-up across the Inland Northwest begins today through Saturday, but forecasters warn that Sunday’s Bloomsday race could be run under cloudy skies and a chance of showers by Sunday afternoon.

The welcome sight of sunshine at daybreak should change over to greater cloudiness today from the leftover effects of an upper level low that has covered the region this week. Highs in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are expected to reach the upper 50s. Lows tonight should stay in the lower to middle 30s.

Even warmer temperatures are expected Friday and Saturday with more sun and highs in the 60s both days.

A low pressure area is expected to strengthen in the Gulf of Alaska to the northwest and send a cold front across the region on Sunday, but it is not expected to bring precipitation until afternoon, and even then the risk is at 30 percent.

The first full week of May next week should bring a mix of sun, clouds and possible showers, forecasters said, but it should be milder and more seasonable than the raw spring conditions earlier this week.

At 7 a.m., temperatures were running in the upper 30s to low 40s across the region with 37 at both Spokane International and Coeur d’Alene airports. Felts Field and Sandpoint were at 41.

Wednesday’s high in Spokane was 52.

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