Get ready for winter, it’s almost here

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011, 7:26 A.M.

Snow covers Oregon grape leaves. (Mike Prager)
Snow covers Oregon grape leaves. (Mike Prager)

The last full day of autumn comes with a promise from National Weather Service forecasters.

It’s going to get colder.

A cold front moving toward the Inland Northwest is going to bring a chance of flurries to the region, and some areas may see light snow.

It is arriving as the calender gets ready to change from fall to winter on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.

Highs today should reach the lower 30s with a 20 percent chance for snow in Spokane.

Some areas of the central Panhandle, southeast Washington and the Cascades could see light accumulations today.

Lows will fall into the teens at mid-week with highs in the upper 20s.

The cold front will help improve stagnant air conditions dating back to the end of November. Air quality this morning was good and a stage-1 burning ban was lifted on Monday.

An air stagnation advisory over the region was expected to end at noon today.

Looking ahead, forecasters expect a mix of clouds, some sun and a chance of flurries again on Friday.

Christmas Day also brings a chance of flurries.

At 7 a.m., it was 25 degrees and foggy at Spokane International Airport.

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