April 18, 2011 in City, Idaho

Spokane nears record for latest 60-degree day

Snow expected this morning near Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry
By The Spokesman-Review
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Horses grazing in a field off Sharon Road south of Spokane, Wash. are almost completely obscured by a quick snowstorm on Monday April, 18, 2011. If the temperatures remain under 60 degrees for the week this will be the coldest April on record.
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Spokane is on the verge of breaking a record for the latest 60-degree day of the year.

The highest temperature so far this spring was 59 on March 31.

The National Weather Service says that the latest date for reaching 60 was on April 22, 1917.

Even if the temperature reached 60 today, it would still be the fourth-latest date for hitting that bench mark of spring.

Forecasters said it is possible the city will break the record for the latest 60-degree day. Highs this week are going to be in the upper 40s to middle 50s through Saturday.

Showers are in the forecast today, although they are expected to be scattered across the region.

Afternoon thunderstorms also dropped enough snow to turn trees white on the South Hill about 3 p.m.

The high today may only reach 47. A low tonight of 30 is expected.

The National Weather Service said up to 2 inches of snow is possible this morning in Bonner and Boundary counties of North Idaho.

Snow was falling in the Coeur d’Alene area shortly after sunrise today. Another snow shower was crossing Spokane’s North Side at mid-morning, while yet another snow shower was dropping flakes on the South Hill.

Chances of showers continue through Tuesday before the region gets a one-day break in the unsettled weather pattern. The chance of precipitation returns on Wednesday night through Thursday.

A spring break in the cool and unsettled weather is expected in time for the weekend. However, Sunday could be showery, too.

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