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Rainfall eases; showers through Friday

Bloomsday race temperature forecast at 41

Light rain has eased off in Spokane this afternoon, but showers and rain are moving across other portions of the Inland Northwest with snow falling at higher elevations, forecasters said.

A low centered over southern Saskatchewan was bringing waves of moisture to the region this morning. Light rain began falling in Spokane about midnight with .17 inches accumulating by 2 p.m.

National Weather Service forecasters said they expect temperatures to remain cool with highs in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene in the upper 40s today.

A 50 percent chance of showers tonight should diminish to 30 percent on Friday.

Drier weather is expected through Sunday, although there is a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers on Saturday and Sunday.

The early part of Sunday should bring cool and dry weather for Bloomsday participants.

A computer-generated forecast for Sunday morning shows a race-time temperature at 9 a.m. of 41 degrees with a 15 percent chance of showers and a cloud cover of about 50 percent, indicating partly cloudy to partly sunny skies are possible.

By noon, the temperature climbs only to about 48 with an afternoon high of about 59 by 5 p.m.

Snow was reported in the mountains of North Idaho for the second day in a row. On Wednesday, 7 to 10 inches was measured at automated snow reporting sites in Shoshone and Bonner counties above 4,750 feet.

At 7 a.m., the temperature was 39 at Spokane airport with winds at 18 mph, creating the wind chill effect on the skin of a temperature of 30.