Wind chill warning extended to Thursday a.m.
Winds, bitter cold to continue
A wind chill warning in effect over the Inland Northwest has been extended through 10 a.m. on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph will combine with arctic cold to make the air feel like it is minus 10 to minus 20 degrees.
That kind of wind chill can cause frost bite within 30 minutes.
Low temperatures tonight across the region are expected to range from 3 degrees to minus 6 degrees.
Forecasters said that the pressure gradient that is causing the northeast winds will not be easing as quickly as expected earlier this week.
However, Spokane should see winds fall to about 9 mph tonight and Thursday morning with a low overnight of minus 1.
Highs today through Friday should be in the teens before temperatures begin to moderate.
A 30 percent chance of snow arrives on Thursday night and Friday.
A greater chance of snow is expected on Saturday and Saturday night and continuing through Monday in Spokane.
Temperatures climb above freezing on Monday and Tuesday and the chance of rain or snow is in the Tuesday forecast.
The storm track off the Pacific takes over from the steep northerly flow that is bringing arctic air to the region.