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Let it shine today; clouds, rain coming

Wed., Nov. 4, 2009, 7:24 a.m.

Today should bring the last in a string of bright November days before another Pacific storm system moves onshore from the west on Thursday.

Highs in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are expected to reach the middle 50s today with light east winds. Patchy fog may be found around the region this morning, but it isn’t causing problems like it did on Tuesday morning.

Coeur d’Alene could be the hot spot with a high of 57 in the forecast. Downtown Spokane may reach 55. The normal high today in Spokane is 47.

A strong storm system should move across the region with higher clouds and a slight chance of showers starting late Thursday morning with rain expected after 10 p.m. Thursday. The storm will include a cold front on Friday that may pack wind gusts to 29 mph in Spokane and 26 mph in Coeur d’Alene.

An upper-elevation low pressure area swings into the region behind the cold front for the weekend, keeping the Inland Northwest in a pattern of showers and cool weather. Snow levels will be dropping by late Saturday to 2,700 feet in elevation, raising the possibility of snow or rain showers in lower valley locations of the region, forecasters said.

Clouds and a chance of showers should continue through Tuesday at least.

Temperatures will drop back to the 40s for highs and 30s for lows.

At 7 a.m., temperatures were 30 at Spokane International Airport, 31 in downtown Spokane, 32 in Coeur d’Alene, 33 in Deer Park, 32 in Sandpoint and 39 in Pullman.


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