March 16, 2011 in City, Idaho

Dawn sunshine to give way to clouds, showers

By The Spokesman-Review
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The sun rising nearly due east illuminates the Spokane Arena in dawn colors this morning.
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This morning’s sunny skies are not going to last long as clouds begin to build later this morning and intensify into scattered showers across the region.

Lower air pressure and cold air aloft will allow cumulus clouds to billow upward, increasing the possibility that the clouds could drop pellets or ice.

The greatest risk of showers will be over the mountains of Northeast Washington and North Idaho.

In Spokane, forecasters are calling for a 50 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. and mostly cloudy skies.

Coeur d’Alene has a 70 percent chance of showers due to its proximity to the mountains.

Highs should reach the middle 40s in both cities with lows tonight in the lower 30s.

Gusty southwest winds will continue today, peaking at about 22 mph.

The cold, showery regime typical of March is likely to continue off and on into next week with Friday bringing a break and partly sunny skies.

Temperature will be running in the middle 40s to lower 50s with lows in the lower 30s.

At 7 a.m., it was 34 at Spokane International Airport, Pullman and Deer Park and 36 at Felts Field and Coeur d’Alene.

The Spokane airport reported 0.16 inches of rain on Tuesday, bringing the season total since Oct. 1 to 13.06 inches of precipitation, which is 3.43 inches above normal for the period.

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