October 10, 2011 in City, Idaho

Rain heading inland today

By The Spokesman-Review
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John Livingston, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Spokane, is shown here with weather radar antenna. The radar is currently shut down for at least one more week in a major upgrade that will improve weather forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.
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A Pacific storm is moving inland today, bringing more wet weather to the region.

The storm has tapped into a subtropical flow across the ocean and is expected to bring up to a half inch of rain in the mountain areas of Northeast Washington and North Idaho.

Lighter amounts are expected in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas and locations to the south. The rain is expected to continue through this evening.

Today’s highs should reach the middle 50s with lows in the upper 40s tonight.

The rain should continue through tonight to be followed by a slight chance of showers on Tuesday.

Winds may gust to 35 mph on Tuesday in the wake of the storm.

Lows later in the week drop to the lower 40s, but no freezing temperatures are expected. The region’s growing season continues well into October and past the average date of the first frost, which is about Oct. 11.

At 3 p.m., Spokane International Airport had recorded 0.4 inches of rain.

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