April 28, 2011 in City

Mixed bag of weather today

Rain, snow, graupel, sun, but still cold

The Inland Northwest will be peppered with precipitation in the form of rain, snow and graupel today.

However, “It’s going to be more rain and graupel than snow,” said meterologist Colby Neuman of the National Weather Service.

The Idaho Panhandle will likely be hit the hardest with intermittent showers. Still, it won’t be all bad.

“There should be some on-and-off sun,” Neuman said.

High temperatures today in downtown Spokane will be in the upper 40s to low 50s. The normal high this time of year is 61 degrees.

“It will be one of those fluctuating days where it won’t be bad when the sun is out, but when the showers come through it’ll be rather unseasonably cold,” Neuman said.

When showers pass through, temperatures could drop to lower 40s or upper 30s, he said.

“It’s not unusual for us to have storms like this to some degree, but it still is relatively unusual for it to be this cold,” Neuman said. “We’re on track to be one of the coldest Aprils on record. It’ll probably be the second or third.”

There is also a chance of showers Friday and Saturday, but conditions are expected to dry out for Sunday’s running of Bloomsday.

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