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Sun and warmer temps expected today

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010, 7:18 A.M.

Warmer air circulating northward in advance of an incoming storm system should bring sunny skies through most of the day along with warmer spring temperatures by afternoon.

Highs are expected to nudge into the lower 60s today in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, but increasing high-elevations clouds are likely to appear by this evening.

Lows tonight should remain in the upper 30s with the milder air moving northward.

A modest storm system is brewing along the Pacific coast and should swing inland by Thursday, creating a 60 to 70 percent chance of rain in the valley urban areas through the day. Showers may continue into Thursday night.

Cooler temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday with highs in the lower 50s, but Saturday looks like it could repeat the pattern of sunny and warmer weather ahead of another incoming storm system due to arrive on Sunday.

Unsettled weather should prevail early next week as a larger low pressure area moves across the northwestern U.S. from the Gulf of Alaska, forecasters said.

At 7 a.m., it was 32 at Spokane International Airport and 30 in downtown Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Deer Park.

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