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UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Red flag warning in Spokane due to overnight, morning thunderstorms

Forecasted wind gusts reaching 50 mph and lightning could combine to spark wildfires in the Columbia Basin, on the Palouse and near Spokane, the National Weather Service warned. The warning …

‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington

Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.

UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.

UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Montana floodwaters near highest level in 100 years

Montana rescuers pulled a man from raging floodwaters and authorities warned of dangerous debris being swept downstream as water levels continued rising Friday in rivers and streams across the western …

Weather breaks the 80-degree mark, but don’t expect it to last

Things are heating up in Spokane.

UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Enjoy the balmy weather while you can – colder temperatures to descend midweek

Weather service meteorologists predict the springlike weather that began Saturday will carry into midweek, when temperatures will peak in the upper 50s and lower 60s on Tuesday. In the evenings, …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Snow expected throughout Inland Northwest overnight, with rain to follow

The first few days of March will see overnight snow with rain during the day, as temperatures struggle to reach 40 degrees in urban areas. Mountain regions could see significant …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Snow to taper off as colder temperatures descend on the region

After a busy weather weekend that saw several inches of snow accumulation throughout the area, the Inland Northwest is due for its first big chill of the year.

AccuWeather, feds trade blame for bogus tsunami warning

A private forecasting company took what was intended to be a routine National Weather Service test message and sent it to subscribers’ phones as an official tsunami warning Tuesday morning, …

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

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

Time to break out the shovels and snow gear again. Well, maybe not, depending on your latitude.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

First snowstorm of 2018 in Spokane expected Wednesday night and Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting 3 to 4 inches of snow to fall in the Spokane area Wednesday night and Thursday, with a larger forecast of 7 to 8 …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Spokane wakes to white Christmas, slick roads

The dream of a white Christmas turned into a travel headache as new snow made for slick holiday driving.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

White Christmas watch: Snow predicted overnight Sunday for Santa’s arrival

The National Weather Service is predicting two to three inches of snow for Spokane and up to six inches in Pullman, Colfax, Lewiston and other southern points. Coeur d’Alene can …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 8:27 p.m.

Respite on the way – temporarily – as temperatures rise, roads clear

This weekend’s flurry of snowstorms contributed to several hundred crashes and even more headaches as Inland Northwest residents navigated the often treacherous roads. Luckily for them, respite is on the …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Icy roads lead to several crashes and slide offs in Spokane region

Inland Northwest residents woke up to a shiny coat of ice on the roads Tuesday morning, leading to several crashes and slide offs.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Spokane will pick up leaves, after record-setting early season snowfall

Though the winter snow season has already begun, Spokane will still clear the streets of fallen leaves. The work began Monday and will continue through the middle of November. This …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

After respite, winter weather may return midweek; drivers encouraged to use caution

With the bulk of the weekend snow behind us, the Inland Northwest will get a small breather from winter weather. At least until the wet stuff returns midweek.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

Snow expected in Spokane starting Friday

Yes, it’s going to snow this weekend. No, it’s not all doom and gloom.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Warm, sunny weather to close out October in the Inland Northwest

With afternoon temperatures in the 60s and overnight lows above the freezing mark, forecasters are predicting a mild, calm end to October.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

Climate change at work? Weather Service calls for third straight mild winter

If you’re itching for outbreaks of the polar vortex and waist-deep snow, the upcoming winter may not be your cup of tea. And, thanks to climate change, the odds of …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Geologists warn of landslides in wildfire-scarred Gorge

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

Smoky air returns to Spokane, likely to stay until the weekend

Light northeasterly winds are bringing Montana wildfire smoke back into the Inland Northwest. Until winds shift Saturday, it’s likely the skies will remain hazy and unhealthy for groups sensitive to …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

No spikes in water usage as Spokane heads toward dry-spell record

Spokane is on track to break its record for the second-longest dry spell Sunday, and could set a new one for longest dry spell if rain holds off the following …

Seattle had wettest fall-winter-spring on record

After three hours on the first day of June, the record was broken for the wettest October through June since record-keeping began in 1895.

Thousands without power in Pacific Northwest thunderstorms

A series of thunderstorms rolling through Western Washington downed trees and power lines, but no serious injuries were reported.

Bill to improve weather forecasts heads to president’s desk

The National Weather Service would have to boost research – including some from private companies – to improve forecasts and storm warnings under a bill headed to the president’s desk.

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 9 p.m.

Spokane’s season total for snow tops 60 inches for first time in six years

Spokane’s winter snow total topped 60 inches late Tuesday after 4.2 more inches fell at Spokane International Airport, the National Weather Service reported. The new total puts the city over …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Snowstorm that missed Spokane blankets parts of North Idaho

A snow storm that missed Spokane and Coeur d’Alene last night covered areas of north Idaho and parts of Shoshone county southeast of Coeur d’Alene in as much as a …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

Heavy snow misses Spokane area, but more expected to fall ahead of Monday morning commute

The worst of a winter storm appears to have missed Spokane, but more snow is on the way. The National Weather Service forecast previously called for up to 8 inches …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

Heavy snow headed for Eastern Washington, North Idaho

If you thought the worst of winter was over, you were wrong.