May 18, 2012 in City, Idaho

Mild weekend to bring sun and clouds by Sunday

By The Spokesman-Review
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This mid-season rhododendron, Blue Ensign, grows in a favorable spot. It gets morning sun facing east and is shaded later by a covered porch.
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Mild spring weather is going to take hold over the Inland Northwest through Sunday with highs in the middle to upper 60s across the region.

Lilac Parade temperature Saturday should be 65 degrees at 7 p.m., dropping to 54 degrees by 9 p.m.

A string of two weeks of dry weather should continue for the next three days, but a chance of rain showers arrives by Sunday night into early next week.

The high in Spokane today under mostly sunny skies is expected to reach 64, a drop of 22 degrees since Tuesday’s 86-degree reading.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and about 67 degrees. Clouds begin to arrive on Sunday as a low pressure area approaches the West Coast. The high under partly sunny skies will be close to 70.

There is increasing doubt that Sunday evening’s solar eclipse will be visible through a thickening cloud deck. High clouds should arrive initially during the day, and the sun is likely to show through the first of them, but it’s not certain whether conditions will hold for the partial eclipse from 5:05 p.m. to 7:24 p.m.

Showers are likely early in the week with the highest chance on Monday night and Tuesday.

The Okanogan River has gone above flood stage, but should drop back down to full bank conditions on Saturday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Snow melt from this week’s heat wave is coming out of the higher Cascades and mountains in southern British Columbia.

Other streams in the region are running high from snow melt and are near flood stage, including the Moyie, Yaak, Yakima and St. Joe rivers.

Officials caution people to be careful approaching fast-moving cold water. Falling into the water can be deadly because of the flow and cold.

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