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Storms lined up in Pacific, headed this way

Mon., March 7, 2011, 7:37 a.m.

Fog softens the downtown Spokane skyline this morning.  (Mike Prager)
Fog softens the downtown Spokane skyline this morning. (Mike Prager)

A series of Pacific storm series is lined up in the Pacific Ocean and heading toward the Inland Northwest this week.

The first storm is due to arrive on Tuesday and bring up to an inch of wet snow in valley locations and several inches of snow to the mountains.

A big bruiser of a storm is prognosticated to arrive on Wednesday and Thursday, packing up to three-quarters of an inch of rain for the valleys and heavy snow in the mountains.

As its cold front passes on Thursday, the region may fall under heavy winds with gusts to 45 mph, said forecaster Greg Koch.

Additional storms are likely on Friday night and Saturday and on Sunday and Monday. Indeed, the region is likely to stay in the stormy March pattern until St. Patrick’s Day or longer.

Fog in the Spokane area today slowed the morning commute, but it had lifted by noon to reveal clearer skies.

The fog was thick in the downtown area while other locations were clear.

Forecasters said there is a 30 percent chance of showers today, and that the high should reach the middle 40s. The low tonight is expected to be about 30.

A new Pacific storm system is due to arrive on Tuesday, bringing a chance of snow before 10 a.m. and then rain later in the day.

At 7 a.m., it was 29 at Spokane International Airport and at Felts Field and 27 in Coeur d’Alene and Pullman.

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