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Bitter cold sets in as winter storm wreaks havoc on travel

A major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a large swath of the country in snow.


Paul Turner: With a dry winter comes the loss of a time-honored tradition – snowplow grumbling

A lot of people in Spokane have been out of sorts this winter because something in their lives has been missing.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane’s National Weather Service employees feeling strain of government shutdown

Patience is wearing thin at the National Weather Service office in Spokane as its 25 employees remain unpaid and their jobs continue to be restricted by the longest federal government …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England

A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Multiple school districts announce delays in response to freezing rain

Freezing rain has caused multiple school districts on the West Plains to delay the start of the school.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked …


Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in the region, while authorities in Bulgaria …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow

Heavy snowfall continued Thursday in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist. Snow was causing problems in other parts …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Many North Idaho schools close in response to freezing rain

Several school districts in North Idaho, including Post Falls and Lakeland, are closed Wednesday as a result of poor road conditions.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Snow follows freezing rain Tuesday night; crashes in Spokane nearing two dozen

Light snow followed by freezing rain coated Spokane before nightfall Tuesday, and slick road conditions caused numerous crashes.


The National Weather Service is ‘open,’ but your forecast is worse because of the shutdown

There are less-obvious ways in which the shutdown does affect the Weather Service – even its operations. Forecasters and managers are not getting paid. Weather models are not being maintained, …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Storm forces some school closures in Stevens County

A snowstorm that pummeled much of northern Spokane County forced several school closures Monday morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Snoqualmie Pass now open in both directions.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported that a 70-mile stretch of I-90 was closed from North Bend to Ellensburg.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Freezing rain could affect Thursday morning commute in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Thursday morning’s commute in the Inland Northwest could be impacted by slippery roads, according to the National Weather Service.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 11:21 p.m.

Dry, cold temperatures ring in region’s new year

New Year’s Day begins under partly cloudy skies and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees in Spokane, the National Weather Service predicted.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Snow hits Spokane and North Idaho just as commuters head home for weekend

A winter storm will bring snow accumulations throughout the Spokane and North Idaho region and is expected to hit just as commuters head home from work Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Spokane awakes to icy roads Thursday after winter storm brings up to 3 inches of snow

One of the largest accumulations of snow in this decidedly mild winter arrived Wednesday.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Thursday morning sees wet, moderate temperatures in Spokane

On the third day of morning snow, our weather gave to thee: temperatures above freezing, slush on the sidewalks, and a car that drove over a tree.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

More snow coming, before a turn to rain

While a small band of snow did sweep over Spokane early Tuesday morning, meteorologists say its just the first leg of a two-pronged attack.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Winter storms set to push into Spokane this week

A series of winter storms will roll through the Inland Northwest this week bringing a mix of snow and rain, according to the National Weather Service.


Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday – causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Flurry of snow hits Spokane, ski resorts ahead of dry week

An hourlong band of snow swept across Spokane on Friday starting about 1:30 p.m. Airway Heights saw about an inch stick to the ground, with no accumulation recorded in lower …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Heavy rain causes flooding, leaves drivers stranded in water

A strong thunderstorm dumped copious amounts of rain in the South Sound, leading to some urban flooding in Tacoma, Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Near-record number of travelers expected next week; weather promises to be fair

Thanksgiving travel is expected to be at record high levels with thousands of people taking to the air or road during the holiday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Finger pointing, frustration in eastern U.S. storm’s aftermath

Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City …


Paul Turner: If you spend cold days griping about Spokane winters, you probably really love this place

Local residents complaining about early signs of winter isn’t just a tiresome form of whining. It’s a love song to Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Season’s first snowfall dusts Spokane, causes car accidents

For about two hours Friday, Spokane had its first taste of winter. National Weather Service meteorologist Rocco Pelatti said the afternoon snowfall caused a few accidents, including a semitruck that …


National Weather Service predicts cooldown in Spokane

An unseasonably warm weekend in Spokane is expected to give way to cooler temperatures throughout this week, with a slight chance of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday and some snow …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Second body found in collapsed Baltimore warehouse after tornado

Friday night’s storm system produced an EF-1 tornado that touched down in Baltimore City and County, producing winds of over 100 mph and knocking down part of an Amazon.com warehouse, …