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Cloudy day ahead for Inland NW

Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, 7:24 a.m.

A gray and cloudy day is in store for the Inland Northwest, although a few snow flurries and patchy fog are possible his morning.

A very weak storm system is moving across southern British Columbia today, but it doesn’t have enough energy to trigger any serious weather.

Highs should reach the lower 40s today with a low of 30 tonight with patchy fog.

Another series of storms is forecasted across the region starting on Wednesday with the chances of rain or snow going from 30 percent Wednesday to a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain only on Thursday and Friday.

Milder weather is likely across the region later this week with highs hitting the upper 40s on Friday through the weekend, forecasters said.

Daylight is steadily increasing this month with the region gaining up to four minutes of light each day as the earth moves out of the darkest period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Sunset tonight is at 5:04 p.m. and sunrise Wednesday is at 7:04 a.m. for 10 hours of daylight.

At 7 a.m., it was 33 at Spokane International Airport, 34 in downtown Spokane, Pullman and Coeur d’Alene and 30 in Deer Park.

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