The region could see up to a foot of snow in some areas as colder-than-average temperatures, icy conditions and snowstorms continue throughout the rest of the week.
Two to 3 inches of snow is also expected tonight and a Monday night storm could bring an additional 4 to 6 inches, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joey Clevenger. The region could see a break from snow Wednesday, but if temperatures remain low there could be more winter snow storms by the end of the week.
February temperatures have been 10 to 15 degrees below average, Clevenger said, and chillier-than-usual temperatures could continue throughout the rest of the month.
“It’s definitely trending to the cooler side of February,” he said.
Weather for the next few days is expected to remain colder than normal, but not as cold as last week, he said. High winds that buffeted the area on Saturday died down and are not expected to return at least through Monday.
Several roads in Central Washington closed due to hazardous driving conditions, and the Washington State Patrol warned drivers to be cautious on others. Interstate 90 is not seriously impacted by icy conditions, but U.S. Highway 2 from Spokane to Newport and U.S. Highway 195 from Rosalia to Spokane were icy, with piles of drifting snow this afternoon. State Highway 24, just north of Spokane, closed Saturday because of collisions and poor visibility, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation website.
There were far fewer cold-weather power outages on Sunday than Saturday. About 10,000 customers of Inland Power and Light, which serves 13 counties across Eastern Washington and North Idaho, lost power Saturday due to high winds. Power was restored to most by 11 p.m. Saturday night, and by this morning, just 125 Inland Power customers in Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties were without power.
Jeanie Bigsmoke, Inland Power’s operations lead, said crews were assigned to all the outages.
The city of Spokane also continued plowing throughout the weekend, which was estimated to take three days. On Sunday afternoon, the city replowed several arterials, according to the its Twitter account.
Several Spokane International Airport flights were canceled or delayed today. Flights from Minneapolis and San Francisco were delayed; flights from Seattle, Portland and Boise were canceled.
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