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Late season snow storm expected today

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Inland Northwest until 4 p.m. today due to anticipated snow. Up to three inches of snow could fall in the northern sections of Coeur d’Alene, according to the National Weather Service. In Spokane, one to two inches is expected about 2,000 feet.

Downtown Spokane and Spokane Valley are unlikely to see much of the snow, weather officials predict.

High temperatures are forecast in the upper 30s to low 40s today and expected to drop into the mid-20s tonight, which should make for a slick commute on Friday, according to the weather service.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with similar temperatures, but no precipitation. The sun is expected to come out on Saturday then go back into hiding for Sunday.

Mountains in the area are also getting some snow. Mount Spokane and Schweitzer each received four inches of new snow, while Silver Mountain collected a surprising 18 inches. However, Silver Mountain is closed today while ski lifts are repaired.

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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.