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Cold March winds will blow this weekend

Thu., Feb. 27, 2014, 11:43 a.m.

March is definitely coming in like a lion with highs in the teens and lows in single digits starting Friday night.

National Weather Service forecasters said an arctic blast is going to arrive on Friday and send temperatures plummeting and snow chances rising.

Moderating temperatures today and tonight are bringing a chance of rain or snow. Currently, the anticipated precipitation is south of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Pullman this morning had freezing rain.

A moist westerly flow bringing the slight warm up today will encounter arctic air on Friday. Forecasters said winds will increase and the chance of snow will be 50 percent Friday.

The arctic air, which has been flowing into the Inland Northwest for a week now, will be reinforced with a new Canadian weather system that will mainly blast the middle section of the country and send a wave of the cold through gaps in the Rockies into the Inland Northwest.

The wind chill effect on the skin on Friday night could be minus 4 with northeast wind gusts to 25 mph and a low of 8 degrees.

Saturday will continue cold and windy with a high of 15 and gusts to 31 mph, forecasters said.

A chance of snow and the cold stay in the forecast through Monday. Temperatures should rise back above freezing by Tuesday.


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