Sun, mild temps bring splash of spring

The tiny iris reticulata is among the very earliest spring flowers. (Mike Prager)
The tiny iris reticulata is among the very earliest spring flowers. (Mike Prager)

Mild temperatures are bathing the Inland Northwest today in what is surely the first real day of spring, never mind the calendar.

The 5 p.m. reading at Spokane International Airport was 62, and forecasters are calling for a high of about 62 degrees. It is the warmest day since the 63-degree reading on March 9.

Hundreds of people flocked to Riverfront Park this afternoon, some on bikes and skateboards. People were sprawled on the grass soaking up the sun, and families with children in strollers were a common sight.

But the spring weather is not expected to hold on.

A Pacific storm is moving northward tonight and should bring a 90 percent chance of showers tonight. Monday’s high may only reach the middle 40s with more showers. Winds from the south should be light on Monday.

Showers, some possibly with snow, are expected through the week. Highs by Tuesday will return to the middle and lower 50s.

A large area of lower air pressure has migrated south along the California coast line and is circulating moisture northward late today.

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