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Storm headed inland today

Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 7:43 a.m.

Cross breeding gives this maple tree a mix of fall colors. (Mike Prager)
Cross breeding gives this maple tree a mix of fall colors. (Mike Prager)

A Pacific storm system is moving onshore today and should bring rain showers to Eastern Washington and North Idaho by lthis evening.

Clouds are a sure bet throughout the daylight hours with a high this afternoon near 52.

The morning temperatures today are several degrees warmer than Wednesday and Thursday. Spokane International Airport reported 30 degrees at 7 a.m., which is four degrees warmer than on Thursday.

A Pacific frontal system was moving over the coast of Washington today and wiill sweep east as the day progresses. A 20 percent chance of showers is forecast after 2 p.m. to be followed by a 60 percent chance tonight.

Southwest winds could gust to 24 mph tonight.

On Saturday, skies clear out for what is shaping up to be a nice October day with highs in the lower 50s and light winds out of the southwest.

The chance of rain showers returns later on Sunday into Monday.

Highs through the period will be in the lower 50s with lows in the middle 30s.

Snow today could fall as low as 3,300 feet in mountains close to the Canadian border before the Pacific storm system scours away cold air trapped in mountain valleys and ravines.

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