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Severe weather could give way to snow for Monday morning commute

Forecasters say snow is possible on roads north of Interstate 90 early Monday, hours after the spotting of a funnel cloud on a wet and windy Easter Sunday.

As much as an inch of snow may fall overnight Sunday in the higher elevations surrounding Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, the National Weather Service reported. Temperatures are expected to dip near the freezing point early Monday, and forecasters are “not 100 percent sure” that the snow will stick to roads and affect the Monday morning commute, meteorologist Ellie Kelch said. The highest potential for snow accumulation is in higher-elevation areas north of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

If measurable snow does fall in Spokane, it will be the first time since Feb. 4, according to National Weather Service records. Snow should taper off by 11 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service tracked severe weather throughout the afternoon Sunday, which caused some wrecks along Interstate 90. The office in Spokane received reports of a funnel cloud near Cheney, and rain showers were accompanied by hail and graupel at times throughout the region.

The wet weather is expected to end Monday night, and temperatures should reach highs near 60 degrees by the end of the week, forecasters said.