Sunny skies to last through weekend

Sunshine continues today across the Inland Northwest, and forecasters said the weather system that is bringing the fair weather should continue into Tuesday.

Highs today are expected to reach the middle 40s in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

A chance of fog returns to the forecast tonight and Saturday morning, but more sun is expected after any fog burns off Saturday.

Lows will be close to normal for this time of year in the middle 20s at night. Highs over the weekend may be in the lower 40s Saturday and then middle 40s on Sunday.

A high pressure area over the Pacific Northwest extending well into British Columbia is circulating cooler northerly air into the region, but not the arctic cold that might be expected under such a pattern.

Milder temperatures are being seen in northwest Canada and eastern Alaska, and not the more typical bitter cold common this time of year. As a result, the northerly flow is more seasonal for late February rather than frigid, forecasters said.

The normal high for today is 40 and the normal low is 26.

At 7 a.m., it was 27 at Spokane International Airport, downtown and Deer Park, 28 in Coeur d’Alene and 25 in Pullman.

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