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Showers expected through Saturday

Fri., May 28, 2010, 7:38 a.m.

The effects of Thursday’s rain storm will continue through the next two days as a low pressure area continues to keep the Inland Northwest on the cooler side of spring.

Highs today and Saturday should only reach the upper 50s. The chances of rain showers go from 60 percent today to 40 percent on Saturday.

National Weather Service forecasters said that they expect improving weather starting on Saturday night and continuing through Sunday night with the chance of showers returning on Monday.

Highs on Sunday and Monday should come close to the normal temperature for this time of year in the upper 60s.

Clouds are likely even if it doesn’t rain, forecasters said.

On Thursday, Spokane set a daily record for rainfall. A total of 0.98 inches was recorded at Spokane International Airport, breaking the 1898 record for the day of 0.84 inches.

A broad area of lower air pressure continues to affect the weather across the western U.S.

An upper-level low embedded within the larger weather system is expected to linger across Eastern Washington for the next few days before a weak area of higher air pressure moves into the area by Saturday night.

At 7 a.m., it was 48 at Spokane International Airport, 50 in downtown Spokane, 46 in Coeur d’Alene, 48 in Deer Park and 46 in Pullman.

Ephrata tied a rainfall record on Thursday with 0.47 inches of rain matching the amount that fell in 1980.



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