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Snow dumps on Shoshone County ski resorts

Snowfall ended by nightfall over most of the Inland Northwest, but some impressive totals were reported in higher elevations of Shoshone County of North Idaho.

Lookout ski area reported 23 inches, and Silver Mountain had a foot overnight and 2 feet in a little more than a day.

Other mountain locations had less snow. Schweitzer Mountain Resort reported 9 inches in the past 24 hours and 16 inches in the past two days.

Elsewhere, about 4 inches of snow fell near Hauser, Liberty Lake, Sandpoint and Latah.

As today’s storm moves eastward, only a small band of snowfall was showing up on radar in the Idaho mountains north of Interstate 90 and east of Coeur d’Alene.

On the Palouse River, rain and melting snow earlier this week sent water levels upward. The river crested at 12.69 feet earlier today at Potlatch and was beginning to recede. Flood stage is 15 feet there.

Earlier this morning, slick conditions were impacting traffic in south Spokane County on Highway 195 and in south Kootenai County on Highway 95, said Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller.

Also, drivers should avoid a large, deep puddle at Liberty Avenue and Argonne Road, police said.

On the Monroe Street Bridge, one southbound lane will be closed until 5 p.m.

Tonight through Saturday. a shot of dry Canadian air will move across the region with mix of clouds and clear skies. Lows in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene could fall to the mid-20s Friday night.

Temperatures should moderate on Saturday as another Pacific storm arrives, bringing with it the likelihood of rain in the lowlands and snow in the mountains Saturday night and Sunday

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