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Sunny days, cold nights ahead

Mon., Nov. 2, 2009, 7:20 a.m.

Sunny weather will take the chill off this morning’s air as highs this afternoon climb into the lower 50s in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.

A ridge of higher air pressure across the Pacific Northwest is expected to bring a string of sunny days and cold nights this week until the next storm system arrives on Thursday night and Friday.

Highs will be in the 50s through Thursday with lows in the 30s. Little if any wind is expected.

Snow levels are rising above the mountain peaks this week, but should fall back to about 4,500 feet in elevation on Friday as a new Pacific storm system brings precipitation to the region.

Temperatures were cold this morning with lows dipping to the 20s.

At 7 a.m., it was 28 at Spokane International Airport, 29 in Coeur d’Alene, 23 in Sandpoint and Deer Park and 32 in Pullman.

Sunday’s high was 49 in Spokane.

Omak tied a record dating back to 1953 with a high Sunday of 67.

October in Spokane closed with 2.31 inches of precipitation, which was 1.25 inches above normal for the month.

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