A couple days of fine spring weather are in store for the Inland Northwest as the cool low that brought rain and cold early in the week eases its hold on the region.
Highs today should reach the upper 60s in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene and then push into the lower 70s on Thursday.
Partly sunny skies today should be followed by mostly sunny skies on Thursday with light north winds.
Lows should go from the lower 40s to near 50 later in the week, giving gardeners a chance to get serious with planting.
A chance of showers returns by the weekend.
Rivers and lakes remain high in the region with many at or just below flood stage, but a dry and relatively cool day on Tuesday helped reduce flood concerns.
Temperatures in the 70s through Saturday may cause some rivers to rise again, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service said today that Lake Coeur d’Alene was at 2,132 feet in elevation this morning with flood stage at 2,133 feet. It is expected to crest this afternoon at 2132.5.
The high lake water is preventing the St. Joe River at St. Maries from draining, leaving that river above flood stage for the time being.
The Coeur d’Alene River at Cataldo has fallen below flood stage.
The Spokane River should rise by Thursday night to within inches of its official flood stage. The river was running at 31,000 cubic feet per second this morning, up from 24,000 cfs on May 11. Average flow for today is 18,100 cfs.
Other rivers being watched are the Pend Oreille River downstream of Albeni Falls Dam, Kettle, Kootenai, Okanogan and Moyie rivers.