A strong autumn storm packing lower elevation rain, high winds and snow down to mountain pass levels is forecast for the region this weekend.
The National Weather Service said that winds gusting to 40 mph are possible on Saturday as a low pressure area and cold front sweep through the Columbia Basin.
Milder air mixing into the cold front could allow for extended periods of precipitation on Saturday and Saturday night with accumulations of up to a half inch possible at lower elevations.
Snow levels could drop as low as 3,000 feet, creating driving hazards in the Cascades, Northeast Washington and North Idaho.
Some locations at lower elevations in areas to the north of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene could see snow or a mix of snow and rain by Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for this weekend.
Highs through Friday will be in the lower 50s with lows above freezing. Cooler weather arrives with the storm with highs dropping back into the 40s.
Fog is also a threat from 11 p.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. on Friday.