June 13, 2011 in City, Idaho

Showers return to Inland Northwest

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Tags:weather
Mike Prager photo

The blue color on this hosta comes from a waxy coating on the leaf. That coating remains on the leaf longer into the season if the weather stays cool.
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Clouds and showers return to the weather forecast today with light rain falling across parts of the Spokane region early this morning.

Forecasters said the changeable weather is going to continue this week as a low pressure area works its way into the Inland Northwest.

Highs today should be in the upper 60s to lower 70s with lows tonight in the upper 40s. The average high temperature in Spokane is 73 for today.

The chance of showers is pegged at 50 percent today and 40 percent tonight.

The weather should dry out for Tuesday and Wednesday, but cooler air from the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday could cause overnight lows to dip to about 45 degrees or cooler.

A slight chance of showers returns for later in the week, but temperatures are expected to remain spring-like.

Rivers and lakes continue to flow at high levels today. The St. Joe River at St. Maries has subsided to the flood stage threshold after running above that mark for several weeks.

Lake Pend Oreille is cresting abou a half-foot above flood stage this week, and should start to drop slowly later in the week.

The heavy flows over Albeni Falls Dam are leaving areas on the Pend Oreille River north of Newport in flood conditions.

Moderate flooding continued on the Okanogan River where the flow has started to drop, but the river is still more than two feet above flood stage.

At 7 a.m., it was 55 at Spokane International Airport, 56 at Felts Field, 52 in downtown Coeur d’Alene, 51 in Deer Park and 52 in Pullman.

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