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Weekend weather forecast not clear

National Weather Service forecasters this morning said they are looking at conflicting computer information on the weather outlook for the Memorial Day weekend.

For now, forecaster Matt Fugazzi in Spokane is calling for a chance of showers on Friday through Sunday based on the typical Inland Northwest weather in late May, he said.

The weather service uses two medium-range computer models as the basis for its weather forecasts several days out.

The GFS model developed by the weather service is calling for unsettled conditions during the weekend with showers and a chance of a rain storm on Sunday, Fugazzi said in his morning forecast discussion.

A European model, however, is calling for a ridge of high air pressure to develop over the region, creating mild and dry conditions.

A clearer picture of the holiday weekend weather should emerge in a few days as the weekend approaches and the computer models home in on the most likely weather pattern, he said.

Temperatures in Spokane should remain mild during the weekend with highs in the middle 70s and lows near 50.

Today’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon with highs in the upper 60s. The low tonight should be in the middle 40s.

More sunshine is likely on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs going to the 70s and lows warming to near 50.


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