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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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

More rain coming this weekend

Batten down the hatches and keep the bailing buckets handy – the National Weather Service in Spokane is calling for another inch of rain by Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

Not much snow after all, but prepare for slush

The National Weather Service has canceled its storm advisory and no longer expects a second blanket of snow in the Spokane area this weekend.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Snow and rain will mix to usher in a ‘pretty quiet’ week of weather

After a dayslong break from heavy snow and rainfall, the Spokane area will experience some fresh snow Sunday evening – but it’s likely not going to stick around for long.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 5:48 a.m.

Ice storm warning issued for Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

A freezing rain storm is headed to Eastern Washington and North Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

“Wintry mess” heading to Inland Northwest before snow melt begins

The National Weather Service is expecting a “wintry mess” across the Inland Northwest Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to heavy ice accumulations and slick roads.


Blustery weather to drive wind chills below zero

Snow ushered in the new year Sunday in the Inland Northwest, but gusty winds and frigid temperatures are expected to put their stamp on the first week of 2017.


Meteorologist-in-charge retires after more than three decades of forecasting

John Livingston, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service bureau in Spokane has retired after more than two decades of forecast improvements


Spokane streets to get full plow

Spokane street crews have embarked on a full plowing operation of all city streets. The National Weather Service is predicting gusty winds in Spokane on Tuesday, following the snowstorm overnight. …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Icy streets cause crashes, slide-offs

Snow will keep falling on Spokane and Coeur d’Alene through Saturday night, and temperatures appear likely to drop on Sunday and Monday.


Up to 6 inches of snow expected for Spokane, North Idaho

Up to 6 inches of snow expected in the Inland Northwest Friday and Saturday will make for treacherous holiday travel.


Temperatures overnight dipped to zero for first time since 2014

Temperatures are expected to plunge Friday as an arctic cold front moves into the Inland Northwest, bringing light winds and the occasional flurry of snow.


2015 windstorm whipped up by rare convergence of events

Pacific storms have long battered the region, but the one on Nov. 17, 2015 brought together nature’s forces in a most devastating way.


‘Viva La Nina!’ Snowstorms expected to blitz Spokane region this winter

Weather experts are seeing a likelihood that the Inland Northwest will get more snow than it has in the past two winters


Heavy rain brings flooding advisory for Spokane and Coeur d’Alene

A day of steady, sometimes heavy rain prompted the Spokane office of the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for Spokane and Kootenai counties Thursday evening.


Wind speeds in Spokane peaked Friday at 47 mph; wind, rain may linger Saturday

The Spokane area likely saw the worst of this weekend’s stormy weather early Friday morning, forecasters say.


Cold core funnel cloud spotted near Liberty Lake

A cold core funnel cloud was spotted near Mica Peak south of Liberty Lake Thursday afternoon, according to the Spokane office of the National Weather Service.


Weather pattern often associated with wildfires, including the Big Burn

The weather system that whipped up Sunday’s fires is often associated with August wildfires, including the Big Burn of 1910.


National Weather Service says strong tornado hit Montana town

A preliminary storm survey determined a tornado that hit the east-central Montana town of Baker last weekend reached the EF-3 level, matching the strongest tornadoes ever recorded in the state, …


Severe weather could give way to snow for Monday morning commute

After an afternoon of sometimes heavy rain and hail, forecasters say snow is possible throughout the area overnight. It’s uncertain if that snow will affect the Monday morning commute.


As spring arrives temperatures could hit 60

Sunshine ushers spring into the Inland Northwest


Thousands without power after Western Washington storm

Officials say more than 10,000 customers around western Washington remained without power following blustery, rainy weather.


Big thaw triggers unusual wintertime alert

Most of us are familiar with the hazardous weather alerts given by the National Weather Service, ranging from winter storm warnings and flood advisories to severe thunderstorm watches.


Wind, heat, fire made a deadly weather mix in 2015

The year 2015 is going to be remembered for a series of extreme weather events that led to at least five deaths in the Inland Northwest.