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Snow a factor in forecast

Tue., Feb. 10, 2009, 7:17 a.m.

Snow flurries arrived this morning in the Inland Northwest and could stick around throughout the day as temperatures stay below freezing, according to the National Weather Service. Up to an inch is possible after nightfall.

The snow is expected to continue Wednesday morning in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, but less than half an inch is expected.

And the Inland Northwest is not alone in the snowy forecast.

The National Weather Service forecasts 8 to 16 inches of snow today for the Olympic Mountains.

Forecasters also expect 4 to 9 inches of snow in the Hood Canal area and 2 to 5 inches from the Chehalis Valley to Washington’s central coast.

Forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and 1 to 2 inches are expected on hills along the Interstate 5 corridor in King, Thurston and Lewis counties before the precipitation turns to rain Tuesday night.

The Cascade passes may get 3 to 9 inches of new snow.

Washington will start to dry up on Wednesday night as the weather turns to mostly cloudy skies,

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