The warm phase of a large spring storm is moving across the Inland Northwest bringing light rain and clouds to the area this morning.
But the cold front associated with the storm has already crossed the Cascades and should make its way to the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas by this afternoon.
Moderate rain could arrive with the front. National Weather Service forecasters said there is a chance of thunderstorms after 11 a.m. due to increasing instability in the upper atmosphere.
It was 49 at 7 a.m. at Spokane International Airport, but forecasters said the high temperature today will only make it into the middle 50s in Spokane.
Cool and showery weather is expected through the rest of the week with a 60 percent chance of showers tonight and Wednesday, dropping to 20 percent on Thursday through Saturday.
Lows should stay in the middle 30s. Breezy winds are likely from the southwest.
The storm today and Wednesday should be followed by a more northerly flow which should cause snow levels in the mountains to fall to around 3,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation.
The cool weather with a chance of showers is expected to persist into next week.
The 7 a.m. temperatures across the region were 50 in downtown Spokane, 46 in Coeur d’Alene, 48 in Deer Park, 60 in Lewiston, 52 in Moses Lake and 49 in Pullman.