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Rain possible today, snow coming Friday

The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain in the lower elevations and snow in the mountains.

The threat of snow in the lower elevations of the Inland Northwest has been postponed until Friday when a stronger storm system and colder air move into the region.

Today’s forecast calls for highs near 47 degrees in Spokane with light south wind. The chance of rain will be greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In Coeur d’Alene, the high may be a little cooler at 44 and the chance of rain could linger longer.

Mountains areas will likely see snow today above 3,500 feet.

Showers should diminish overnight and lead to a calm day with clouds and cooler temperatures on Thursday. Highs may only reach the upper 30s. Lows Thursday night should reach the upper 20s.

The cooling atmosphere is likely to bring snow to lower elevations early Friday. The snow is expected to start falling after 4 a.m. with light accumulations possible until about 4 p.m. Friday’s storm could be accompanied by wind gusts to 20 mph.

A chance of snow showers continues on Saturday, but then temperatures start to rise and switch the precipitation back to rain with a warming trend on Sunday and Monday.

At 7 a.m. today, the temperature was 37 at Spokane International Airport, Pullman and Coeur d’Alene; 33 in Deer Park; and 39 in Sandpoint and downtown Spokane.

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