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Filtered sunshine to bring mild afternoon

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 19, 2011, 3:55 p.m.

Sunshine reaching ground through a layer of high-elevation clouds is warming the Spokane area into the 60s this afternoon.

Air quality remained on the upper end of the good range this afternoon despite a haze that is evident in the air.

The air quality forecast calls for it to fall into the moderately polluted category on Thursday.

The 3 p.m. temperature was 60 at Spokane International Airport.

The high-elevation clouds this morning led to a brilliant orange sunrise. Areas of fog were limited.

A weak disturbance has been moving from California across eastern Oregon, sending clouds across the Inland Northwest.

But they are thin and will be on the decrease today, allowing sun to show through them.

Highs today in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene should reach 62 under partly cloudy skies. Lows tonight will be in the lower 40s, allowing for another frost-free night in the Spokane region.

Light fog was reported in parts of Coeur d’Alene this morning. Traffic cameras also showed light fog in other locations, but most areas were clear. Suncrest had moderate fog.

Higher air pressure that came over the region early in the week is now moving east into Montana.

National Weather Service forecasters said that will open the way for a series of weak disturbances and weather fronts, which will bring more clouds and intermittent threats of showers through the weekend.

Highs should be in the upper 50s with lows in the middle 40s.For late October, the weekend weather should be pretty nice although the sun will make only short appearances.

Cooler weather may arrive early next week as the upper-level steering winds start flowing from the northwest.

At 7 a.m., it was 41 at Spokane International Airport and 37 in Coeur d’Alene and at Felts Field.

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