The Spokane area is projected to see around an inch of snow overnight Tuesday before a storm rolls into the region Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy mountain snow to mountains in the Cascades, north of Spokane County and North Idaho.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and National Weather Service have warned commuters that the snow Tuesday night could affect driving conditions in the region Wednesday morning. Areas closer to Coeur d’Alene could see up to 2 inches of snow, according to NWS.
“We’re expecting the potential for some slick commute conditions,” said Jeff Cote, an NWS meteorologist.
Snow is expected to start falling in Spokane between 11 p.m. and midnight, then continue overnight and into the morning, said NWS meteorologist Jeff Cote. Rain might fall closer to the downtown area, mitigating potential snow accumulation.
Spokane has already seen snow three times this year: 3.3 inches overnight on Oct. 8, about 3 inches at the end of September and around an inch on Nov. 26. But December has been below average because of drier conditions compared to years past.
“We are about 4 inches below what we would normally have by this time of year,” Cote said.
When snow hits the mountains late Wednesday afternoon and evening, people at lower elevations from Deer Park to Spokane will likely see rain with the potential for some snow to be mixed in early in the afternoon, Cote said.
Mountains in northeast Washington could see up to 10 inches at higher elevations, with 2 to 5 inches at lower elevations, Cote said. Schweitzer is projected to receive between a foot and a foot-and-a-half of snow. The Cascades should see 8 to 16 inches near the crest with up to 3 feet in the peaks, Cote said.
Throughout the rest of the week Spokane will see more rain and little chance of snow accumulation, according to NWS forecasts. The weekend is projected to be dry with temperatures in the 30s during the day.
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