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Snow hits area early

Wintry conditions expected to last through weekend

While winter isn’t officially here, Spokane saw snowflakes Thursday.

The taste of wintry weather included rain, snow, colder-than-average temperatures and blustery winds.

The first widespread snow of the season across the eastern third of Washington and the Idaho Panhandle is expected to continue into today after a low-pressure system off the Oregon coast drifted slowly inland Thursday night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Thursday afternoon for the region, predicting 2 to 3 inches of snowfall in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas through this afternoon, and up to 4 inches elsewhere in the Idaho Panhandle.

Meteorologists warned slushy roads and reduced visibility could create hazardous driving conditions. The winter weather could be accompanied by blustery northeast winds over North Idaho into Spokane.

The remainder of the weekend may be precipitation-free until another low-pressure system brings snow and rain to the region Monday and Tuesday.

Cold temperatures will continue into the weekend, with highs in the low to mid-30s and lows in the teens to lower 20s, according to the weather service. That’s 10 to 15 degrees below normal.



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