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Warmer air to change snow to rain in urban areas

Wed., Jan. 8, 2014, 9:45 a.m.

A surge of warm air moving northward should change snow to rain as the next in a series of winter storms arrives later today.

Areas to the north of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene may see significant snow tonight as the warm air moves only as far north as northern Spokane and Kootenai counties near the major urban areas.

Spokane International Airport reported 1.5 inches of snow on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a complex forecast that calls for snow and rain at various locales and at various elevations.

Here is a summary of their predictions for the wider region:

“It appears that locations north of Wilbur, Deer Park, and Rathdrum will receive snow this evening into Thursday morning. Winter weather advisories have been issued for 1 to 4 inch amounts around Republic, Colville, Metaline Falls and Newport. The Sandpoint, Priest Lake and Bonners Ferry areas may receive a few more hours of light to moderate snow into Thursday morning so these areas are now under a winter storm warning for 3 to 6 inch amounts. Elevations above 3000 feet in Shoshone County will likely receive 8 to 12 inches of snow, and elevations above 4000 feet in the Blue Mountains could get up to 9 inches.”

In Spokane, any snow today will transition to rain through the night, although there is a chance of mixed rain and snow during the coolest hours of the early morning on Thursday.

Highs should reach the mid-30s today and 38 Thursday. Overnight lows will remain just above freezing, forecasters said.

A third storm arriving later on Friday is expected to bring rain and cause snow levels in the mountains to rise. Windy conditions will accompany the storm. Temperatures in lower elevations will rise into the 40s on Saturday and Sunday in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, forecasters said.


 

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