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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 21, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Winter storm warning in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday

A winter storm warning has been issued for up to 8 inches of snow through Monday night.


Four factors combined to make windstorm so strong

Tuesday’s storm brought together several weather factors that favor high winds


Hot, dry Spokane summer breaks records

It’s official. The three-month span from June 1 through Aug. 31 was the hottest and the driest summer on record in Spokane. The hot and dry conditions have caused extreme …


Firefighters brace for Saturday winds

A ferocious wind storm expected Saturday has put much of the state – much of it already on fire – on high alert.


Spokane’s searing summer sets records for heat, dry

The summer of 2015 will be the hottest and driest ever in Spokane. The National Weather Service on Monday said the period from June 1 to Aug. 24 is by …


Spotty rain showers relieve parched Northwest

Rain Friday and Saturday provided much needed precipitation to the parched Inland Northwest. However, the amount and intensity of the rain varied greatly place to place. The Spokane International Airport …


Today’s rain amounts varied greatly

Friday and Saturday’s rains provided much needed precipitation to the parched Inland Northwest.


Weather forecast bad news for firefighters

As if firefighters don’t have enough trouble trying to stop wildfires across the region, the National Weather Service warns of lightning storms and wind gusts this afternoon. A weak cold …


Spokane sees hottest June day ever recorded

Saturday’s official high temperature is the hottest ever recorded in Spokane in June. But that record likely will last only one day.


Today’s record temperature for June likely will fall tomorrow

The official high temperature recorded at the Spokane International Airport – in the shade – was 102, the highest ever recorded in Spokane in June.


Latest weekend forecast lowers triple-digit sizzle

The latest weather forecast is turning down the sizzle this weekend, but only by a degree or two. Sunday could still see highs of 102 to 104 degrees across the …


National Weather Service issues red-flag fire warning

Extremely low humidity and wind gusts of up to 30 mph will create perfect conditions for wildfires Friday in Eastern Washington, according to the National Weather Service in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2015, 9:38 p.m.

Power outages reported as severe thunderstorms roll through

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for east central Stevens County and central Pend Oreille County until 8:30 p.m.


Cold air funnel seen near I-90, Cheney

Weather watchers spotted what is known as a cold air funnel near Interstate 90 between Cheney and Medical Lake late Tuesday afternoon. A cold air funnel has the appearance of …


Flash flood warning issued for Whitman County

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Whitman County,


Surprising showers set daily snow record

Those hoping for a balmy spring break in Spokane awoke to an icy surprise Monday – a layer of wet snow covering lawns, trees, shrubs and April’s earliest flowers. Falling …


‘Punch hole clouds’ extend east of Spokane to North Idaho

Dawn unveiled an unusual and beautiful cloud formation Wednesday that was last documented in the Inland Northwest five years ago. A group of “punch hole clouds” formed to the east …


Above-normal temperatures are likely through Feb. 8

A series of storms packing mild, moist air from the subtropical waters of the Pacific has left the Northwest with a leaner-than-normal snowpack. Lower elevations are seeing day after day …


Winter storm warning issued ahead of heavy snow

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter storm warning for Eastern Washington and North Idaho ahead of a storm that is expected to dump several inches of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 26, 2014, 2:52 p.m.

Snow, bitter cold on the way

Snow will begin to fall in the Spokane area around midnight Saturday, with up to six inches expected on the ground by Sunday morning. Even heavier snow is expected across …


Cold comes calling, snow could be falling

Arctic air buffeted the Inland Northwest on Tuesday and is expected to hold its grip over the Inland Northwest through the weekend. A moist storm off the Pacific Ocean could …


Rain storms bringing big weather change

A series of rain storms is going to bring a substantial change in weather this week across the Inland Northwest.


Inland Northwest winter won’t be backbreaker, outlook says

The Inland Northwest should have a warmer- and drier-than-normal winter, the Climate Prediction Center said this week. If the prediction is correct, it will be the first time in five …


Cold front to bring gusty winds tonight

A cold front is expected to pass over the Inland Northwest later today, bringing gusty winds during the evening hours.


Hot harbinger: Torrid summer a glimpse into region’s future

Heat, massive wildfires and violent thunderstorms: The summer of 2014 will be remembered for its intensity and disruption. Climate scientists say it is also a look into the future.


July was second warmest month in Spokane history

The average temperature in Spokane in July was 75.7 degrees. That was just below the hottest month ever in Spokane, July 1906, which had an average temperature of 75.9 degrees, …


Heat’s on: Many turn to area waters to keep their cool

The inflatable raft was piled high with everything two friends could possibly need for an afternoon at the Spokane River. Towels. Snacks and drinks. A folding chair, an umbrella. More …


UPDATED: Thu., July 17, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

Air quality alert issued for wildfire smoke

Air quality has worsened dramatically this afternoon after the National Weather Service posted an air quality alert for much of the Inland Northwest as winds drive Central Washington wildfire smoke …


It’s doggone hot out there

A July heat wave across the Inland Northwest is going to strengthen today through Thursday, keeping temperatures in the 90s and perhaps triple digits. A weak upper-level low pressure area …


Pend Oreille River to hit lowered flood stage

Warm weather starting today is expected to trigger renewed runoff from the higher elevations of the Rockies, sending the Pend Oreille River above flood stage next week, forecasters said Thursday. …