The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a snow advisory for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas for 1 to 3 inches of accumulation above 2,000 feet.
In addition, a winter storm warning is in effect for mountain areas of North Idaho as well as valleys north of Athol.
Wet snow is expected to accumulate on roads, and could create slick driving conditions on hills by morning, forecasters said.
Included in the advisory are Cheney, Davenport, Post Falls, Rockford and Worley as well as Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
The 4 p.m. temperature in Spokane was 33 with light snow and fog at Spokane International Airport.
Snow has fallen steadily today from Pullman eastward into the Idaho Panhandle.
A cold low pressure area from the Gulf of Alaska was pushing against a stalled frontal system across the Palouse into North Idaho.
The low is expected to continue forcing the front northward while maintaining a feed of cold air into the moisture plume with subtropical origins.
Rain is possible tonight below 2,000 feet elevation.
Downtown Spokane is about 1,850 feet. The 2,000-foot line is located on the lower South Hill and the top of North Side hill at about Bridgeport and Garland avenues. In the Spokane Valley, the 2,000-foot line starts about Argonne Road.
Elsewhere, the airport is at 2,372 feet and Coeur d’Alene is at 2,215 feet.
The chance of rain and snow continues on Thursday and Friday, but the weekend should see more spring-like temperatures. Highs could reach the 50s on Saturday and Sunday with slight chances of rain showers.