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Partly sunny weekend ahead of Monday rain

Fri., April 13, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

The National Weather Service is calling for mostly to partly sunny skies through Sunday with a slight chance of showers Saturday afternoon into Sunday. A more substantial threat of rain arrives for Monday and again on Wednesday.

Highs today through Sunday will be in the upper 50s with lows at night in the upper 30s, which are a few degrees above normal for this time of year.

A low-pressure system that brought the cooler weather at the end of this week has migrated southward off the California coast and is expected to affect weather south of the Inland Northwest.

A shower threat is seen on Saturday afternoon as a weak system slides over the region from the Gulf of Alaska.

By Monday, a new system moves toward the coast from the Pacific Ocean, bringing a 60 percent chance of rain to Spokane. Another storm is possible on Wednesday for more rain.

Snow will be confined to higher elevations for the most part, although some snow could fall as low as 3,500 feet after cold fronts pass.

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