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Spring arrives Wednesday with snow, rain, wind

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Wednesday for the Spokane region, Columbia Basin and parts of North Idaho.

The storm, which is expected to bring snow and rain to the region, arrives as the calendar officially turns to spring. The equinox is at 4:02 a.m. Wednesday.

A winter storm warning was issued for mountains of Northeast Washington and North Idaho. Six to 10 inches of snow is possible starting tonight and continuing on Wednesday. Winds may also gust to 45 mph.

Forecasters are calling for wind gusts of up to 31 mph on Wednesday in the Spokane area, but across the region, some locales could see gusts as high as 50 mph.

Rain and snow are expected in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas between 11 p.m. tonight and 8 a.m. Wednesday, changing to all rain. Little or no accumulation is anticipated. The snow level should rise to about 6,000 feet from a push of moist air from the southwest.

The moisture will ride over colder air along the ground, setting the stage for mountain snows. An inch of snow is possible in lowlands for areas north of U.S. Highway 2 and into far North Idaho, forecasters said.

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