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Fog burning off for sunny afternoon

Tue., Oct. 18, 2011, 7:25 a.m.

Mount Spokane rises above the vineyard at Trezzi Farm on Green Bluff. (Mike Prager)
Mount Spokane rises above the vineyard at Trezzi Farm on Green Bluff. (Mike Prager)

Fog was lifting late this morning across the Spokane area, and forecasters said it should be replaced by sunshine and shirt-sleeve temperatures this afternoon.

The National Weather Service said the fog was limiting visibility to a few hundred feet in some locations, particularly in valley areas. Fog appeared thick this morning down the Spokane River from downtown Spokane.

Traffic cameras showed the heaviest fog north of the Spokane city limits in areas such as Suncrest and north of Hillyard. Fog settled over Interstate 90 at Havana Street early this morning, and much of the North Side had light fog.

But it was clear to the east in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.

Highs today could reach a pleasant 64 degrees in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene with lows tonight in the upper 30s to near 40. Fog is possible again early Wednesday.

The fair weather should continue through Wednesday with a high in the lower 60s and again during the early part of Thursday before a new Pacific frontal system overtakes higher air pressure now over the Pacific Northwest.

The high pressure system moved into the region from California late on Monday and overnight.

It is expected to break down and move east at the end of the week, opening the door to weak weather disturbances with mainly clouds and possibly breezy conditions.

Highs later this week fall back to the upper 50s with lows near 40. The urban areas have yet to see their first freezing temperatures, continuing a late growing season for frost-tender plants like tomatoes and flowering annuals.

At 7 a.m., it was 39 at Spokane International Airport and in Coeur d’Alene and 34 at Felts Field.

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