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Cool weather brings snow to mountains

Wed., April 6, 2011, 7:38 a.m.

This year’s cool spring weather continues again today with highs only in the 40s and freezing temperatures likely tonight. Snow is falling on mountain passes.

A new Pacific cold front has passed through the Spokane area this morning and should be well into Montana by later today, but cool air in its wake could turn to showers.

The chance of precipitation drops 40 percent tonight with highs only near 46 in Spokane. Southwest wind gusts to 29 mph are likely.

In Coeur d’Alene the chance of precipitation drops to 40 percent by tonight with a high today of 42. Wind gusts could reach 22 mph.

Lows in both locations should be near 29 or 30.

Drier weather on Friday and Saturday could allow the sun to come out, but highs will only reach the lower 50s both days. Rain may return by Sunday.

Snow is being reported above 3,000 feet in the mountains. Morning traffic cameras show that Lookout Pass on Interstate 90 is covered with snow, although some pavement is showing through on travel lanes.

Fourth of July Pass had slush along the travel lanes at 7:30 a.m.

In Washington, chains were required this morning on Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 on all vehicles except those with all-wheel drive. Compact snow and slush were reported.

A winter storm warning was in effect this morning for North Idaho mountains east of Coeur d’Alene and Moscow, including Shoshone County.

Flood warnings also remained in effect for smaller streams in the region south of Bonner County. The St. Joe River at St. Maries had dropped back below flood stage this morning and was expected to slowly recede.

At 7 a.m., it was 35 at Spokane International Airport, 38 at Felts Field, 36 in Coeur d’Alene and Deer Park and 37 in Pullman.

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