The past 10 days of frigid arctic air are going to yield to a period of mainly snow, but also a risk of sleet and freezing rain in some locations of the Inland Northwest.
Forecasters are calling for chances of snow to increase on Thursday, but relatively light accumulations are expected.
The National Weather Service today issued a hazardous weather forecast for snow and ice on Thursday night.
Spokane could see about an inch of snow on Thursday night while Coeur d’Alene could see 1 to 2 inches.
Higher accumulations are possible in mountain areas and valleys between the mountains.
To the west and south, milder air moving into the region could bring some sleet or freezing rain Thursday night in the western Columbia Basin and Palouse regions, but forecasters expect daytime highs on Friday to help melt away any ice.
Precipitation chances drop at the end of the week, but forecasters said they believe that some snow may fall at different times.
Lows will go from the low 20s tonight to near 30 by Saturday night with highs going from 29 today to 38 on Sunday as milder air replaces the residual arctic cold.
The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday in Spokane.
The moderating temperatures should continue on Monday and Tuesday when the region sees possible periods of daytime rain in lower elevations with nighttime snow. Precipitation will be all snow at higher elevations.
Ski areas should start seeing what they’ve needed with snow likely to fall at higher elevations at times during the coming week.