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Cloudy skies end string of warmer days

Wed., April 21, 2010, 7:32 a.m.

Clouds have moved across the Inland Northwest this morning as a string of warm days comes to a close.

National Weather Service forecasters said they are not expecting any rain from a weak cold front that is draped across the region this morning. Highs today had been expected to reach the lower 60s, but forecasters said the heavy cloud layer and cooler air moving in from the south may keep highs below the forecasted levels.

Until this morning, a southerly flow ahead of the cold front had brought summer-like conditions, including a high at Spokane International Airport of 74 on Tuesday.

The warm weather had raised overnight temperatures for the past two days nights. The low on Tuesday was 50, breaking the record warm minimum temperature of 47 degrees set in 1990.

A low pressure area that had been along the coast moved southward overnight and is now moving inland over southern California. The distance between the core of the low and the weak cold front across the Spokane area today has produced little energy for storm activity, forecasters said.

Forecasters said there is a small chance of showers tonight and Thursday as mild temperatures prevail. The low tonight of 43 will be followed by a high Thursday in the middle 60s.

Friday should bring a return to sunny weather with a high of about 61 in Spokane and 62 in Coeur d’Alene.

The weekend outlook calls for a chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Sunday should be the nicer of the two days, forecasters said.

At 7 a.m., it was 49 at Spokane International Airport and Deer Park, 51 in downtown Spokane, 50 in Coeur d’Alene and 45 in Pullman.

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