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Lots of spring showers before May flowers

Sun., March 20, 2011

Spring is here. So are spring showers.

The season will start partly sunny and mostly dry today.

“It’s probably going to be one of our driest days (this week),” said meteorologist Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane.

But cloudy skies and spring showers are in store for most of the week. Precipitation will materialize over the Cascades today and will move over Spokane in the form of rain tonight, Bodnar said. Precipitation could fall as snow after temperatures begin to cool Monday night.

“If we see any snow, it would be Monday night into early Tuesday morning,” he said.

A heavy accumulation is not expected.

Today and Monday could be breezy, with winds reaching 13 mph today and 11 mph Monday. Things could dry out Tuesday, but not for long.

“We should see drier conditions again Tuesday followed by another showery weather day Thursday,” Bodnar said.

Rivers are expected to swell some as rain falls during the week, but no flooding is expected. For the longer-term flooding outlook, there is an average threat of spring flooding due to melting snow in most areas in the region.

“The latest long-range outlook is a little wetter and cooler than normal, but we’re not looking at any (flooding) issues,” said meterologist Paul Bof. “Absolutely none.”

With the exception of a midweek break from the rain, there is a chance of showers through Saturday.

“It’s like a broken record,” Bof said. “It’s almost the same forecast every day. It’s going to be a very showery pattern.”

Thursday is expected to be the warmest day, with a high reaching 52 degrees. Lows during the week will be in the low to mid-30s.


 
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