February 4, 2011 in Idaho

Next chance for snow on Sunday

By The Spokesman-Review
Mike Prager photo

Wave clouds formed over North Spokane Thursday afternoon, creating an unusual pattern in the sky. The clouds are often seen along the layer between two air masses.
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The risk of freezing rain is coming to an end today after skies remained dry during the early morning hours over Spokane.

The National Weather Service had an advisory warning of that possibility in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas through 10 a.m.

Through the morning, the regional radar showed precipitation falling in the mountain areas of North Idaho and northeast Washington, but not in the urban corridor.

A milder westerly flow is breaking down the higher air pressure that provided sunny skies and a stable atmosphere through most of this week.

That flow could enhance this morning into light rain across lower elevations and snow in the mountains.

Temperatures at 7 a.m. were in the upper 20s to about 30.

The incoming storm system is expected to cause temperatures to rise to about 41 in Spokane this afternoon.

The region will see a break in precipitation tonight and Saturday. The low tonight should be near freezing in Spokane with a high near 40 on Saturday with cloudy skies.

Then, a chance of rain or snow enters the forecast through the rest of the weekend. One to 2 inches of snow are possible Sunday, changing to rain by Sunday night.

Another shot of colder air is expected by Monday night through Thursday with highs in the lower 30s and lows running from 18 to 20.

At 7 a.m., it was 28 degrees at Spokane International Airport, 30 at Felts Field, 28 in Coeur d’Alene, 26 in Deer Park and 36 in Pullman.

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