May 17, 2011 in City, Idaho

Spokane sets record for cold on Monday

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Add to the rain and high waters in the region a record cold reading in Spokane on Monday.

The high at Spokane International Airport was 47 degrees, which was the coldest maximum temperature for May 16 since the 49 degrees recorded in 1906.

In addition, a brief round of snow was reported Monday in Moscow and in the Rockford area.

Lakes and streams continued to bulge today with a rush of rain and melting snow. Lake Coeur d’Alene is expected to crest on Thursday.

The Spokane River is now expected to crest just below flood stage on Thursday night and remain high.

Forecasters said drier weather with a slight chance of showers through Friday should help slow the runoff, but shower chances increase on Friday night and Saturday to 40 percent.

Highs today should rebound to the lower 60s and then upper 60s on Wednesday to be followed by 70-degree readings later in the week.

Today should be partly sunny with light southwest wind.

A pesky low pressure system in the western U.S. continues to prevent warm and stable conditions.

The storm on Sunday and Monday brought about two-thirds to an inch of rain to cities of the region and an inch or more to mountain locations. The Columbia Basin was relatively dry, although Moses Lake had 0.2 inches of rain.

Forecasters are also watching potential flooding on the Pend Oreille, Kootenai, Moyie, St. Joe and Okanogan rivers, although major problems are not expected.

A torrent coming down Chewelah Creek in Chewelah forced a detour of U.S. Highway 395 traffic in that city today.

Warmer weather and possible rain by the weekend could send the levels rising again, forecasters warned.

Lakes and streams continued to bulge today with a rush of rain and melting snow. Lake Coeur d’Alene is expected to crest on Thursday.

The Spokane River is now expected to crest just below flood stage on Thursday night and remain high.

Forecasters said drier weather with a slight chance of showers through Friday should help slow the runoff, but shower chances increase on Friday night and Saturday to 40 percent.

Highs today should rebound to the lower 60s and then upper 60s on Wednesday to be followed by 70-degree readings later in the week.

Today should be partly sunny with light southwest wind.

A pesky low pressure system in the western U.S. continues to prevent warm and stable conditions.

The storm on Sunday and Monday brought about two-thirds to an inch of rain to cities of the region and an inch or more to mountain locations. The Columbia Basin was relatively dry, although Moses Lake had 0.2 inches of rain.

Forecasters are also watching potential flooding on the Pend Oreille, Kootenai, Moyie, St. Joe and Okanogan rivers, although major problems are not expected.

Warmer weather and possible rain by the weekend could send the levels rising again, forecasters warned.

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