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Showers, cooler weather dominate week

Tue., June 7, 2011, 7:43 a.m.

More showery weather is forecasted for the Inland Northwest today through the rest of the week.

Forecasters said the early part of today should bring some clearing to the region as a layer of lower-elevation clouds burns off with warming from the sun.

However, the entire Pacific Northwest is under the influence of a large trough of lower air pressure that is allowing smaller storm systems to develop within its boundaries.

A new low is seen on satellite photos moving south out of British Columbia toward the Cascades.

That system is expected to enhance the chance of showers across the region this afternoon, especially in the mountains of northern Washington and North Idaho.

Highs today should be mild, reaching into the upper 60s. Lows should be in the upper 40s.

Cooler weather and more showers are likely on Wednesday with temperatures a notch cooler. Highs may only make it to the lower 60s with lows in the middle 40s.

Improving weather is seen on Thursday, with partly sunny skies.

Showers return to the forecast for Friday and Saturday. Sunday may be the warmest day of the coming week.

At 7 a.m., temperatures were mild, running in the lower and middle 50s with 53 at Spokane International Airport and 54 in Coeur d’Alene.

The airport had only .01 inches of rain from Monday’s shower system, but Felts Field east of downtown had .07 inches of rain, which was more representative of what fell in the urban area.

Rivers and lakes remain high with flood watches and warnings in effect throughout the region.

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