April 27, 2011 in City, Idaho

Inland Northwest drying out before next storm

By The Spokesman-Review
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“This is April in North Idaho,” said Justin Fyfe, manager of Westwood Gardens in Rathdrum as he removed the snow from the greenhouses on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
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The Inland Northwest gets a chance to dry out a bit today following two days of record-setting rainfall in Spokane and heavy snow and rain elsewhere in the region.

A 30 percent chance of showers with highs in the lower to middle 50s are expected in Spokane today with breezy south winds and some possible gusts to 20 mph.

Spokane International Airport saw a daily record for rainfall Tuesday of 0.41 inches, breaking the old record of 0.28 inches in 1955.

It was the second day that the city saw record rain with 0.63 inches recorded on Monday.

Up to 2½ feet of snow fell at Mount Spokane where more than 50 trees were fell along the highway to the state park there.

The water equivalent in the snow at Quartz Peak was 3.2 inches, the National Weather Service said.

The next storm system is expected to arrive this evening and is likely to bring rain to most locations of the Inland Northwest along with continued cool weather until Sunday.

Highs should be in the lower 50s with lows in the lower to middle 30s. Snow is possible starting Thursday as daytime showers form across the area.

Bloomsday, however, looks like it will repeat last Sunday’s warmer weather with a high of 61 under mostly sunny skies.

Race time temperatures are going to be chilly with 40 degrees expected at 8 a.m. rising to 44 by 9 a.m. The noon temperature should be more comfortable at 57.

At 7 a.m. today, it was 37 at Spokane airport, 40 a Felts Field, 39 at Coeur d’Alene, 32 at Deer Park and 37 at Pullman.

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