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Orange sunrise promises some sun today

An orange sunrise this morning continued the recent string of sunshine as the region enjoys a break from the typical clouds, fog and precipitation of the winter season.

National Weather Service forecasters said the mostly sunny conditions will prevail through the day in Spokane with a mix of thin clouds at higher elevations. Coeur d’Alene will see more clouds and be partly sunny.

Today’s high in Spokane should reach 40 and hit 41 in Coeur d’Alene.

Patchy fog is possible tonight, but lows are going drop to the lower and middle 20s with highs Friday near 43 with increasing clouds.

Higher air pressure that has brought the sunny skies this week will give way to a Pacific low-pressure area moving on shore in coming days.

As a result, weather changes are in store for the weekend. A slight chance of rain enters the forecast Friday night, then increases to 60 to 70 percent in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on Saturday.

Highs will be running in the middle 40s, several degrees above normal highs in the upper 30s this time of year.

Lows this weekend will be in the lower 30s.

As a result, the snow level Saturday night will go from 3,400 feet to 1,800 feet, raising the possibility of overnight snowfall. However, little accumulation is expected if the rain does turn to snow.

Next week’s weather appears likely to bring clouds and a lowered chance of rain on Sunday and Monday, with the next storm system arriving with rain on Tuesday.

At 7 a.m., it was 27 degrees at Spokane International Airport, 28 at Felts Field and Coeur d’Alene and 23 in Deer Park.

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