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In brief: Season surpasses record snow mark

It’s official. It’s been the snowiest season on record.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Spokane recorded a seasonal snow total of 93.6 inches at Spokane International Airport, besting a record set in 1949-’50.

The past two winters now rank as No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, on the all-time list of snowiest in Spokane. Snow records have been kept locally since 1893.

The snow was expected to taper off Sunday night and give way to gusty west winds and cool conditions today. The forecast for the week ahead? Unsettled, with cool and breezy conditions. Forecasters expect some mountain snow and valley rain on Tuesday, with similar storms set to return late in the week.

Pharmacy robber steals painkillers

The pharmacy inside the Albertsons at 510 E. 37th Ave., on Spokane’s South Hill, was robbed Sunday morning.

The robber reportedly showed a handgun to pharmacy personnel during the incident, which happened about 10 a.m. He took an unknown quantity of painkillers, including OxyContin, according to Spokane police.

Witnesses described the gunman as a white male 50 to 60 years old. He is about 6 feet tall with a medium build and a gray beard. He was reportedly wearing a light-colored baseball cap and a gray sweatshirt with a logo on the chest. He used a purple scarf to shield his face, police said.

Anyone with any information about the robber is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or to call 911.


Officials report late flu season

Officials with the Panhandle Health District say there’s been a spike in flu-related illnesses.

The district said five hospitals in the region have conducted 456 tests and found that 68 returned positive results for the flu virus.

Spokeswoman Cynthia Taggart said it’s not uncommon for North Idaho’s flu season to last longer than the rest of the nation.

She said the region often sees the most flu cases at the end of February or early March.

From staff and wire reports