Foggy weather this morning is causing some travel problems for motorists across the Inland Northwest, but National Weather Service forecasters said the fog is likely to burn off by midday, setting the stage for another sunny afternoon.
Spokane International Airport has reported freezing fog since midnight and visibility of an eighth mile. The low temperature dropped to 26 degrees there.
Flights at the airport were mostly on time as of 9 a.m. today.
Air quality in Spokane moved into the moderately polluted range as a result of a shallow cold air temperature inversion that set up overnight, trapping smoke and other pollutants near the ground. The air quality forecast calls for a return to the good range today.
Traffic cameras showed fog at numerous locations, mainly north of Spokane. Heavy fog was seen on state Highway 291 near Suncrest. The North Spokane Corridor was also foggy.
Forecasters said the fog should be lifting by 11 a.m.
Higher air pressure has moved over the region since last Friday night’s rain storm. The stable weather should remain in place through Tuesday.
Fog could be a problem tonight and Tuesday morning.
The next in this season’s series of Pacific storms is due to arrive starting Wednesday evening. A low pressure area is expected to anchor itself over the Gulf of Alaska and circulate valley rain and mountain snow and rain storms inland from Wednesday through Saturday. Highs should be in the lower 40s with lows going from the upper 20s to upper 30s as rains return.