May 21, 2009 in City, Idaho

Weekend warm up starts now

Fair weather to rule over Pacific NW
By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Improving weather through Memorial Day promises highs near normal today and above normal Saturday through Monday. The spring-like weather is expected over the entire Pacific Northwest.

A lot of sunshine will bathe the region as a weak ridge of high pressure stabilizes the atmosphere, ending the winds and showers earlier this week.

A high of 69 in Spokane today nearly matches the average high of 68. Similar temperatures are expected across the region.

Some clouds are expected later today as weak disturbance passes through British Columbia on the north side of the region’s high pressure area. It is not expected to bring any precipitation.

Sun returns on Friday as highs move into the middle 70s and stay there through Sunday. Monday could be the nicest day of the holiday weekend with a high of 80 possible in Spokane. Coeur d’Alene should see similar temperatures.

Road travelers in the region should see good weather conditions at most locations across the broader region as the fair weather holds across the entire Pacific Northwest.

Mountain areas in the Inland Northwest should see highs in the 70s, but the nights could be downright chilly for campers with lows in the 30s to low 40s. The Cascade Mountains will also be fair, but daytime highs may hover at or below 70.

Highs in the Seattle area should be in the upper 60s to lower 70s with plenty of fair weather. In the Portland, Ore., area, weather should be similar to Spokane with highs in the middle to upper 70s.

On the Oregon Coast, a few more clouds are expected with highs in the 60s.

Western Montana may be warmer on Friday with highs near 80, but dropping a few degrees through the rest of the weekend.

At 7 a.m., temperatures across much of the Inland Northwest were in the low to middle 40s, including 43 at Spokane International Airport, Felts Field and Coeur d’Alene. Valley areas in the northern mountains that had been under a freeze warning this morning largely avoided the problem of frost damage to sensitive plants. However, a few remote locations showed temperatures at 32 or below at 7 a.m.

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