The holiday snowfall is far from over. Several more inches are expected to pile up today through Saturday, the National Weather Service says. Sunday will bring a break from the weather, but snow could return Monday or Tuesday.
The forecast calls for light to moderate snow continuing over much of the Inland Northwest through Saturday, with heaviest accumulations over the eastern third of Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. Heavy amounts are also expected along the Cascade Crest.
The high today will be near 30 degrees in Spokane, with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible. The low tonight will be around 28, again with 1 to 3 inches of new snow possible.
On Saturday, the snowfall is expected mainly before 4 p.m., and the high is projected to hit 32. Up to an inch of new snow is possible.
Highs next week could creep several inches above freezing, making unplowed roads slushy and sloppy.
Highway 27 between Fairfield and Oakesdale on the Palouse reopened at 2:30 a.m. today after drifting snow was cleared, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The road was reported blocked and impassible at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The closure stretched from southern Spokane County into Whitman County.