February 28, 2011 in City, Idaho

Blustery winds bring February to a close

By The Spokesman-Review
Colin Mulvany photo

A horse weathers a Monday morning snow flurry in a field off of Stoneman Road on the Peone Prairie. Rain and snow are likely today as a strong cold front drapes across the region and moves from north to south.
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Rain and snow are likely today as a strong cold front drapes across the region and moves from north to south.

In addition, wind gusts to 30 mph in Spokane are expected. A high temperature of 40 is likely.

National Weather Service forecasters said the snow level should be about 2,000 feet today. Snow accumulations today will be less than an inch.

Radar images showed that a band of moderate precipitation was located across the northern Columbia Basin, Northeast Washington and northern portions of North Idaho from Sandpoint westward to Wenatchee. By afternoon, it had moved to the south of Spokane.

The weather service recorded a wind gust of 58 mph shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. Fairchild Air Force Base reported a gust of 48 mph about the same time.

The Washington State Patrol this morning reported that a truck was stuck in a snow drift before dawn on U.S. Highway 395 about 18 miles north of Spokane.

That precipitation is expected to move from north to south and reach the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas this morning.

A winter storm warning for snow was in effect for most of North Idaho, and a winter weather advisory was posted for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas as well as the Palouse region. A high wind warning was in effect for south central Washington, including the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

The stormy weather should continue through much of the week with chances of rain or snow each day.

The weather service reported that Pullman set a record on Saturday for the coldest low of minus 12 and coldest high of 18 degrees.

Also, Lewiston on Saturday set a record for the coldest maximum at 22 degrees.

At 7 a.m. today, it was 38 at Spokane International Airport, 41 a Felts Field, 37 in Coeur d’Alene, 36 in Deer Park and 34 in Pullman.

In Spokane, city crews were planning to plow north-south streets in Browne’s Addition starting at 9 a.m. Vehicles left parked on those streets are subject to being towed. On Tuesday, the plowing moves to east-west streets there.

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