July 12, 2011 in City, Idaho

Showers likely as new Pacific low moves in

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A new Pacific low pressure system is changing the weather today, bringing showers and more clouds to the Inland Northwest.

The low is also circulating mild air from the south in advance, causing morning temperatures to run in the middle 60s.

Rain showers were evident on radar images in an area running from Walla Walla to Clark Fork.

More rain showers are expected near the Cascades today.

Spokane should see a high near 80 today followed by a return to highs in the 70s through Saturday.

The low was positioned off Vancouver Island this morning and was forecast to migrate south to the Oregon coast before turning inland and lifting to the northeast and out of the region by the end of the week.

Sunday and Monday are likely to be hot with highs going to 85 on Sunday and 92 on Monday.

Later today, the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas may see showers or thunderstorms from the incoming low.

The National Weather Service has pegged the chances at 60 percent for tonight and Wednesday.

Any showers that arrive will be moving slowly, allowing rain to accumulate in some areas, forecasters said.

The wet July conditions dissipate on Thursday and then temperatures begin to warm during the weekend.

Forecasters said there is a chance of a significant warm up next week with highs going into the 90s.

At 7 a.m., it was 60 at Spokane International Airport and Deer Park, 65 at Felts Field and 63 in Coeur d’Alene.

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