March 8, 2011 in City, Idaho

Storms to march across Inland NW this week

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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A series of Pacific storms begins its march across the Inland Northwest with a shot of snow and rain starting this morning.

Snow was falling at 9 a.m. in downtown Spokane and at other locations.

A series of Pacific storms will continue its march across the Inland Northwest following a shot of snow and rain earlier today.

Light amounts of snow accumulated on lawns today at elevations above 2,000 feet, but downtown’s grassy areas remained free of snow. A break in the precipitation is expected tonight with a low of 31. However, snow could linger near the mountains of Northeast Washington and North Idaho tonight.

An even stronger storm system arrives on Wednesday, again with the possibility of rain and snow in lower elevations with snow levels rising through the day. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

The strongest storm of the week is set to arrive on Thursday, and could bring strong gusty wind with it. That storm will also bring rising snow levels.

The chance of precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday during daytime hours is 100 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Additional stormy weather is likely from Saturday through Tuesday with four more weather systems coming ashore, forecasters said.

The snow pack in the mountains of North Idaho and Northeast Washington was measured at 101 in the Spokane River drainage and 103 percent over a broader area of the North Idaho mountains as of Monday.

Most inland mountain areas have near-normal snow packs, but portions of the Cascade Mountains are below normal, the weather service said. The Upper Yakima River drainage, a critical source of irrigation water, is at 72 percent of normal.

Water supply drainages for the Puget Sound urban areas are below normal as well.

At 7 a.m., it was 31 at Spokane International Airport, 32 at Felts Field, 30 in Coeur d’Alene, 28 in Deer Park and 30 in Pullman.


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