Rain showers likely in Spokane this afternoon
Light freezing rain was reported at Spokane International Airport this morning, but forecasters said the threat of ice is going away this afternoon.
The freezing rain is expected to turn to rain showers with a high of 40 expected in Spokane and 39 in Coeur d’Alene. Forecasters this morning reduced their high temperature forecast by several degrees.
Rain is expected to the south of Spokane and a mix of snow and rain will fall in the mountain areas of North Idaho and Northeast Washington.
The snow level across the region will start out around 2,300 feet and then rise to 3,300 feet.
Tonight, the snow level will drop again and parts of the region may see a mix of rain and snow or all snow during the overnight hours. No accumulation is expected in Spokane, but outlying areas near the mountains may see light snow amounts.
Freezing rain last Friday triggered a rash of accidents as roadways suddenly became icy.
Clearing skies are anticipated for Tuesday as a new area of higher air pressure takes over from today’s low pressure system.
Forecasters said air stagnation and fog may become a problem starting Tuesday night and continuing into the weekend.
A 7 a.m., it was 27 at Spokane International Airport, 29 at Felts Field, 28 in Coeur d’Alene and Deer Park and 36 in Pullman.