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Mostly sunny skies more likely than snow

Tue., March 9, 2010, 7:17 a.m.

Skies clearing to the north and west of Spokane

National Weather Service forecasters have dropped the chance of snow flurries from today’s forecast, and are calling for mostly sunny skies as drier air moves into the region.

A cold front on Monday brought a winter-like feel to the region this morning with lows at dawn mostly in the middle 20s. Highs should reach the lower 40s today as sun appears across the region.

Skies were clear to the north and west of Spokane as dry air moves eastward from the Columbia Basin.

Fog was reported this morning in the Colville River Valley north of Spokane, but was expected to dissipate after 10 a.m.

Forecasters said their previous call for snow at mid-week has changed. They said they see only a 20 percent chance of rain or snow showers on Wednesday with snow flurries possible Wednesday morning.

An approaching storm front along the West Coast is expected to split into two impulses with one going north and the other going south of the region. Highs Wednesday should be in the middle 40s.

Warmer weather and partly sunny skies are expected on Thursday and Friday with highs in the lower 50s on Thursday and upper 50s on Friday.

The chance of rain showers returns on Friday night and Saturday and then mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for Sunday.

At 7 a.m. today it was 25 at Spokane International Airport, 29 in downtown Spokane, 27 in Coeur d’Alene, 22 in Deer Park and 28 in Pullman.

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday.

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