Scattered showers arrived over the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas at dawn today, signaling a change from the late summer heat of the past two weeks.
Heavy showers were reported in Spokane Valley and downtown Spokane around 8 a.m.
A cold front has moved onshore in western Washington this morning and is expected to track eastward through the day, bringing an increase in winds.
Blowing dust is possible along Interstate 90 from Ritzville to Vantage.
Winds should stay below 30 mph, so the dust problem should not be serious, National Weather Service forecasters said.
The showers this morning are the result of mid-elevation instability that moved northward from Oregon into the Inland Northwest. Sunnier skies are expected later today even as the cold front arrives.
Highs today should reach the lower 70s in Spokane with a 30 percent chance of showers. South winds will kick up to 10 mph with gusts to 23.
Winds continue tonight and then start to ease off on Friday when the high will be about 72.
A chance of showers arrives starting Saturday night into Monday.
The weather service this morning said about a tenth of an inch of rain is likely Sunday in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene with more to the north, and heavier rain the Cascades and in coastal areas.
Highs through the period will be in the lower and middle 70s with lows in the middle 40s to lower 50s.
At 7 a.m., it was 59 at Spokane International Airport, 62 at Felts Field, 61 in Coeur d’Alene and 54 in Deer Park.