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Afternoon cold front to stir wind gusts

A dry cold front is forecast for the Inland Northwest this afternoon, which is expected to bring an increase in gusty winds and a chance of blowing dust.

In Spokane, steady southwest winds of 13 to 17 mph could lead to gusts as high as 24 mph. The gusty winds should arrive about 2 p.m. and continue until 10 to 11 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene may see gusts to 21 mph.

Higher wind gusts to 30 mph are possible in the Columbia Basin and the Wenatchee and Waterville areas. Patches of blowing dust are likely there.

Spokane should see a high of 77 today while Coeur d’Alene goes to 74.

The rest of the work week will be cooler with highs near 70 and lows in the 40s. Showers and thunderstorms are possible on Thursday and Friday.

Sunshine is likely Wednesday and again on Thursday between shower clouds. Partly sunny skies are predicted for Friday.

A deep low pressure system is moving inland along the border with British Columbia this morning, triggering the weather change.

Warmer temperatures are likely over the weekend, but there is a chance of more showers at the end of the weekend, forecasters said.