Winter-like weather is expected over higher terrain in the region today, but the lowlands should still feel the chilling effect of a cold pool of air moving southward out of British Columbia.
Breezy conditions and a cold morning could be accompanied by snow showers across the region. Light snow showers were falling across the Spokane area this afternoon.
The National Weather Service warned that the showers could intensify across the Palouse of Washington and Idaho and cause brief periods of low visibilty this aftenoon.
A high of 47 is predicted in Spokane after the morning started at 32 degrees at Spokane International Airport. Coeur d’Alene should see 45.
Cold weather will persist tonight with a low of 26 in Spokane and 24 in Coeur d’Alene and highs Thursday near 45. Milder weather returns for Friday and Saturday along with a chance of rain on Saturday.
A winter storm warning is in effect today for Shoshone County and the eastern parts of Kootenai, Benewah and Latah counties in North Idaho for mountain accumulations of 8 to 14 inches. Lesser amounts are expected in valley areas of those counties.
Most of the storm energy today has moved south and east of the Spokane area, forecasters said. One report from Winchester in Lewis County, Idaho showed nearly 6 inches of snow fell there overnight at an elevation of 3,900 feet.
Winter storm warnings are also in effect for the Washington Cascades and the Blue Mountains near Walla Walla.
Schweitzer and 49 Degrees North ski areas both reported 2 inches of snow overnight.
On Thursday, Spokane added .1 inches of snow to its season snowfall of 89. 5 inches, the third highest total since record keeping began in 1881.
Also, precipitation since Oct. 1 now is at 10.43 inches of rain or melted snow, which is .35 inches above normal. March has been an unusually wet month with 2.1 inches of precipitation through Tuesday compared with a normal of 1.2 inches.