December 30, 2013 in City, Idaho

Light freezing rain falling at airport today

Initial round of rain not freezing downtown
By The Spokesman-Review
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National Weather Service forecasters said a weak weather system today is bringing light precipitation to the region. Light freezing rain was reported at 3 p.m. at Spokane International Airport.

Forecasters said the precipitation should become a mix of snow or freezing rain tonight.

The forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of precipitation today and tonight, but snowfall amounts would not exceed a half inch.

The latest information from the weather service shows that a narrow band of freezing rain is likely to the southwest of Spokane. Milder temperatures to the south should lead to rain in Pullman and Lewiston.

Freezing rain is forecast for tonight in Spokane, and rain or snow are possible on Tuesday.

Patchy fog returns to the forecast on Tuesday night through Thursday.

Rain is possible on Thursday night and Friday.

A ridge of higher air pressure is going to slowly break down this week with weak weather systems circulating across it.

The systems should remove some of the cold air that’s settled over the region in the past week and caused stagnant air conditions. Air quality in Spokane this morning is moderate.

Highs will increase to above freezing and lows will be in the upper 20s to 30 through the week.

A stage-1 burn ban across nine counties of central and Eastern Washington was set to expire at 4 p.m. today. The ban stopped all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves or fireplaces. Spokane County did not fall under that ban, which was ordered by the state.

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