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Frigid waters pose springtime risk

Water in area rivers and lakes may look tempting during warmer weather forecast for the weekend, but experts say rivers and lakes remain deadly cold. Air temperatures will soar into …


Snow blankets West Side; Inland Northwest may see few inches

Snow showers have blanketed most of Western Washington over the weekend, snarling traffic in Seattle and its suburbs and stranding buses on freeway ramps. More snow showers are predicted for …


Two storms forecast to bring snow to area

Snow has started piling up in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and forecasters say they expect it will drop to valley floors this week. Two new storms are expected …


New radar system puts tighter focus on precipitation

One of the National Weather Service eyes in the sky is being brought into sharper focus in Spokane. The Doppler radar system, installed here in 1995, is being upgraded this …


Weather agency plans open house

Members of the public can get an inside look at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Spokane and the process of forecasting weather during an open house from 10 …


Holiday comes on opening of fire season

SEATTLE – The National Weather Service says Washington residents will soon forget the cool, wet spring they’ve been complaining about, because they are forecasting a warm, dry summer for the …


NOAA to expand services in West

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Wednesday in Spokane that the federal government is about to expand its climate and weather services throughout the West. …


Forecast predicts fine Fourth

High air pressure and summer temperatures are going to move over the Pacific Northwest in time for July Fourth weekend activities. The holiday period begins on Friday with sunny skies …


Summer sun arrives just in time

By the time summer begins today at 10:16 a.m., the temperature should be heating up to a respectable summer-like level. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for highs today of …


80-degree weather will usher in summer

By the time summer begins Tuesday at 10:16 a.m., the temperature should be heating up to a respectable summer-like level.


Spokane River nearing flood stage

The Spokane River was rising toward flood stage Wednesday, and forecasters said they expect the river to remain at or above that level for weeks. A flood warning was issued …


Continuing rain means more floods

Flood warnings remain in effect for North Idaho and Eastern Washington as rain was expected to continue into this morning. At least one North Idaho camper already has had to …


Flood warning in effect for much of Inland Northwest

Hope you soaked up as much vitamin D as you could on Saturday. It’s going to have to last you a few days. Today begins the first in a series …


Mixed bag of weather today

The Inland Northwest will be peppered with precipitation in the form of rain, snow and graupel today. However, “It’s going to be more rain and graupel than snow,” said meterologist …


Rain sets Spokane record for third-soggiest March

The wettest March in 16 years shows no signs of letting up before the month ends Thursday night. The National Weather Service said this March is the third wettest on …


Getting in the swing, just in time for spring

La Niña lived up to its promise. Last fall, forecasters said La Niña’s cooling of the tropical Pacific would bring plenty of snow and cold to the Inland Northwest, and …


Swollen rivers are likely, flooding less certain, says National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Spokane on Monday said it foresees an average chance that streams and rivers will reach flood stage this spring as a result of a greater-than-normal …


Healthy snow pack to swell Inland NW rivers

The National Weather Service in Spokane today said they foresee an average chance that streams and rivers will reach flood stage this spring as a result of a larger-than-normal snow …


More snow, brief warm-up, cold

The first snowstorm of the year is heading toward the Inland Northwest today and could bring another 5 inches of accumulation to the region by Thursday evening. National Weather Service …


New snow brings traffic challenges

Roads became slick, leaving local law enforcement to deal with numerous slide-offs and collisions. The Spokane Police Department said they responded to 85 collisions between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. …


Weather outlook warmer, wetter

All of that snow and ice covering the lowlands of the Inland Northwest may be short-lived, the weatherman said Monday. A series of storms out of the southwest are expected …


November snow record just inches away

As of Monday, the National Weather Service had measured 20.6 inches of snow this month at Spokane Internatonal Airport, making it the fifth-snowiest November on record and a good storm …


Gearing up for winter – and just in time

With colder autumn weather settling over the Inland Northwest, National Weather Service forecasters said there is an increasing possibility of snow falling in the lowlands this week. However, little if …


Coming winter could justify snowblower buy

The Inland Northwest is likely to see a cold and snowy winter this year under a weather pattern similar to 2007-’08, when La Niña brought near-record snowfall. “We are certainly …


Weather combinations lead to red flag warnings

Growing up in the Midwest, I experienced severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings, and even tornado warnings. Not once, however, do I ever recall hearing the term red flag warning. …


West Side feels heat, and it’s not over yet

After record-breaking high temperatures Saturday, the National Weather Service says it could get even hotter in the Puget Sound area.


Cooler temperatures, rain expected this weekend

Overnight temperatures dipped below freezing in parts of the Inland Northwest.


Sunny through Saturday, then rain potential builds

Sunny and warm weather will continue through at least Saturday with highs running from the upper 60s today to the upper 70s.


Sunny weather expected through Saturday

Sunny and warm weather will continue through at least Saturday with highs running from the upper 60s today to the upper 70s.


Heavy winds expected today

High wind is expected in Eastern Washington and parts of North Idaho today. Winds between 35 and 40 miles per hour, with gusts more than 50 mph, are predicted after …