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Snow will be back in Spokane starting Tuesday night; half foot or more expected to the north

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 11 p.m.

Giovanna Olguin, 29, makes her way to the Shadle Walmart through the snow storm that hit the area, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Spokane, Wash. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Giovanna Olguin, 29, makes her way to the Shadle Walmart through the snow storm that hit the area, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Spokane, Wash. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Depending on your latitude, it may soon be time to break out the shovels and snow gear again.

The National Weather Service predicted rain in Spokane on Tuesday night. But head further north and snow accumulations could reach half a foot or more. Go south and it’s nothing but rain.

In Colville, meteorologists expect 6 to 8 inches of snow. The same for areas of North Idaho, including Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. For much of Okanoagon County, 8 to 12 inches is predicted, and around the same in the Cascades.

“They’ll see more snow and it will snow there longer as well,” said weather service meteorologist Laurie Nisbet.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory Tuesday until about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

By Wednesday morning, any snow will turn to rain in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. Farther south in Pullman and Moscow, rain is expected for most of Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, with about an inch expected to fall.

Spokane will feel a little colder too. Despite a warmer-than-average January of upper 30s and lower 40s so far, Nisbet said to expect temperatures to cling around the mid 30s for most of the day, before dipping into freezing Wednesday night and warming up as Thursday morning approaches.

As of Monday, the Spokane International Airport has recorded 8.1 inches of snow accumulation this year. That’s 4 inches lower than the average of 12 inches. The last snowfall to hit the region was on Jan. 10, when a storm dumped about 8 inches of snow.

By this point last year, Spokane had 13 inches of snow.

Nisbet said climatologist are pegging February as the month that could snap Spokane back into its winter weather norms. They are predicting below-average temperatures, and above-average precipitation.

“Winter is not over yet,” she said.


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