Cold weather continues into Thursday

Cold arctic air continued to keep its tight grip on the Inland Northwest this morning.

Forecasters said they see changes on the horizon.

There was enough sunshine and cold at daybreak to scare any self-respecting rodent back into the hole and satisfy the Groundhog Day superstition that another six weeks of winter weather is in store.

No one should be surprised that winter this year isn’t ready to give up.

Temperatures this morning were 12 degrees at Spokane International Airport, 14 degrees at Felts Field and 10 degrees in Coeur d’Alene.

High-elevation clouds are expected to descend across the region this morning, blocking some of the abundant sunshine so far this week, but they should clear out by afternoon.

High temperatures today could reach the middle and upper 20s across the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.

Tonight’s temperatures should be cold again, although moderating some, with lows in downtown Spokane of around 16 and in Coeur d’Alene of 18.

Thursday brings the beginning of a change in weather as a weak storm system passes to the north of the region and drags a chance of precipitation with it. Highs should go above freezing on Thursday.

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene have a 20 percent chance of snow on Thursday and a 30 percent chance of mixed of precipitation on Thursday night.

The rain and snow threat continues in the 20 to 30 percent range through Sunday. Highs may reach the 40s by Saturday with overnight lows near freezing during the weekend.

Sunny weather will return early next week with high temperatures running to near freezing.

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