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Showers likely today through Thursday

Tue., May 31, 2011, 7:38 a.m.

Warmer weekend in store for region

A mild flow of moist air moving northward from Oregon and California is likely to bring rain showers and temperatures about five degrees below normal today.

National Weather Service forecasters said a pair of weak weather disturbances is moving from south to north today. Thunderstorms are also possible through tonight.

A total of 0.04 inches of rain fell at Spokane International Airport from a band of showers that moved across the area about noon.

They are calling for a 60 percent chance of showers today in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene and a 50 percent chance tonight.

Highs today should be in the middle 60s with lows tonight in the middle 40s.

The chance of rain showers continues through Thursday night as a low pressure area off the coast of Oregon and northern California remains in place.

A total of a half inch of rain is expected in Spokane from now through Thursday with up to an inch in the Cascades and three-quarters of an inch in the mountains of North Idaho.

That low should move eastward by the weekend, opening the possibility of sunny and warmer weather on Friday through Sunday.

Highs by Monday could get to 78 in Spokane and 79 in Coeur d’Alene with highs in the lower 80s possible in the Columbia Basin.

Rivers and lakes around the region remained high, but most of them had fallen below flood stage, including the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Access to trail and park facilities was being affected, including the Centennial Trail near Stateline and Pine River Park on the Little Spokane River, which has been closed.

Minor flooding was reported on the St. Joe and Okanogan rivers. The Pend Oreille River was near flood stage today.

Warmer weather later in the week through Monday is expected to cause the Pend Oreille River to rise above flood stage. Other rivers will also be on the rise as the higher temperatures start to melt higher-elevation snow.

Last week, officials in Pend Oreille County notified the public that a no wake rule is in effect for the Pend Oreille River. The rule is applied when the river reaches 2,041 feet above sea level at Cusick. The river today was at 2,043 feet. Speeds of no greater than 5 mph are allowed to protect property along the river. A fine for violation is $66.

At 7 a.m. today, it was 48 at Spokane International Airport, 49 at Felts Field, 48 in Coeur d’Alene, 50 in Deer Park and 50 in Pullman.


 
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