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Heavier snow expected in North Idaho

Mon., Jan. 26, 2009, 4:52 p.m.

Less than 2 inches of snow is expected in Spokane on Tuesday with much heavier amounts expected across North Idaho, forecasters said this afternoon.

The forecast for snow replaces a quick shot of arctic air today that sent temperatures in Spokane to 7 degrees and Coeur d’Alene 9 degrees in the early morning hours.

The high in Spokane on Monday was 20 while Coeur d’Alene saw 25 degrees at its airport north of the city.

Snowfall is expected to begin early Tuesday. Higher amounts should fall in the mountains of North Idaho.

Spokane was forecasted to get 1.4 inches; Deer Park, 2.1 inches; Coeur d’Alene, 3.5 inches; Sandpoint, 4.9 inches; St. Maries, 6.3 inches; Kellogg, 7.5 inches; and Wallace, 8.7 inches.

Temperatures should range in the mid-20s Tuesday and then rebound to the 30s on Wednesday through Friday with only a slight chance of snow on Thursday in Spokane.

The mountains could see additional snow this week. Snow packs are running about 75 to 85 percent of normal for this time of year, the National Weather Service reported.

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