March 21, 2011 in City, Idaho

Rain likely today with snow possible overnight

By The Spokesman-Review
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High runoff from winter storms flows over the upper Spokane Falls and past the demolition project at the YMCA at Riverfront Park.
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Rain is expected across the Inland Northwest today as a series of early spring storms swings into the region.

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a high of 46 in Spokane and 45 in Coeur d’Alene and light winds on the first full day of spring today.

The rain continues into this evening, but could change to snow overnight. The snow level is expected to drop from 2,700 feet to 2,000 feet with a low of about 35 in Spokane.

A chance of snow showers lingers in the early morning hours Tuesday as today’s storm brings cooler air across the region.

Weather Service forecasters this afternoon said Spokane could see an inch of snow tonight while Coeur d’Alene gets two inches. A snow advisory was issued today for parts of Kootenai County, the Idaho Palouse and the Silver Valley where amounts could be higher.

However, temperatures should rebound on Tuesday to the middle 40s.

Wednesday is likely to bring a break in the storms with partly sunny skies and highs in the lower 50s before the chance of rain showers returns the forecast by the end of the week.

But a series of storms should reach the region through next Monday. “It is just not going to quit, at least for the next week,” said forecaster Matt Fugazzi.

Snow is expected in the mountains this week.

At 7 a.m. today, it was 37 at Spokane International Airport, Coeur d’Alene and Deer Park and 39 at Pullman and Felts Field.

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