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Cold temperatures worry some apple growers half finished with near-record crop

The surprise snowstorm that hit the region Wednesday may be just the beginning of a worrisome stretch for what was shaping up to be the second-largest apple harvest in Washington …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

Freezing temperatures expected Monday night

After snow this weekend, temperatures are expected to stay cold with clouds overhead Monday morning.


Puerto Rico braces for flooding, landslides from Karen

Tropical Storm Karen drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday as it bore down on an earthquake-shaken Puerto Rico still scarred by a hurricane two years ago.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Forecast calls for freezing temperatures and a chance for snow in Spokane

An already cool month of September could give way to actual snow in Spokane this weekend with wind chills down into the 20s. It would be the first time Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Cantwell wants hearings on political pressure on scientists

Sen. Maria Cantwell calls for committee hearings on whether Trump administration is trying to “undermine science.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Weather service warns of potential for wildfires to sprout heading into the weekend

A Red Flag Warning will be in affect until about 8 p.m. Friday evening, the NWS tweeted. Strong winds are expected throughout the afternoon, with gusts up to 30 mph.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Slow start to wildfire season may foretell late end

“In the past, when we have had similar slow starts to the season, we have seen the fire season extend further into September,” Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said.


Fire Weather Watch issued for Spokane County due to possible lightning overnight Thursday, winds Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch notice in Spokane County for Thursday evening through Friday morning due to possible abundant lightning, high winds and dry fuels.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Hazardous fire conditions arrive Saturday with winds, dry air, National Weather Service warns

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Saturday afternoon and evening, with low humidity and winds gusting to 35 mph in the forecast. Winds are expected …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Fire weather watch issued for Tuesday; Regional outdoor burning restrictions start Wednesday

Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, a fire weather watch is in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Cities and unincorporated areas in Spokane County will have outdoor burning restrictions in place …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Brief showers on Tuesday will fade in afternoon

Showers swept through Spokane Tuesday, bringing a little more than 0.29 of an inch of rain at the Spokane International Airport. July is a dry month in Spokane and that …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Weather service asks spotters to be alert as storms move through Spokane region while radar is down

The brunt of a large thunderstorm passed south of Spokane on Wednesday, but the city caught some rain showers and winds.


Storm-detection radar shutting down for upgrade

Spokane’s National Weather Service office will rely on satellite and lightning detection to forecast rain and thunderstorms while its radar is out of service from June 24 to July 5.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Grant County fire is nearly finished as Spokane air returns to ‘good’

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County that spewed smoke across Eastern Washington earlier this week has entered its final throes of life.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 5 p.m.

Don’t schedule an outdoor wedding for Memorial Day weekend in Spokane

It’s not your imagination: The weather in Spokane for Memorial Day weekend usually isn’t very good.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Thunderstorms drench Spokane and flood roads and businesses

A flood watch was in effect across Eastern Washington and North Idaho as heavy rain and thunderstorms began Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Hallelujah, the temperature in Spokane is normal again. And it just hit 60 degrees.

Spokane’s streak of colder-than-usual temperatures has finally ended.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Up to an inch of snow could fall overnight

Predicted overnight snow will likely lead to an icy and perhaps snowy Thursday morning commute, a reminder that winter isn’t over.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

Thermometer’s stuck below normal

If February 2019 will go down in the record books in Spokane as one of the wettest, snowiest months in history, then March will surely follow as one of the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Two deaths reported in Eastern Washington crashes in icy conditions; more snow expected overnight

A small flurry of snow, strong winds and below freezing temperatures led to multiple school closures Wednesday morning in the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Approaching snow storms expected to move February into second-snowiest on record

This month Spokane is likely to have the second-most days with snow in February and second-most total snow in February, forecasters say.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 6:59 a.m.

More snow expected Monday night, Wednesday

Colder-than-average temperatures and snow are expected to continue into this week as a new weather system moves up the Washington and Oregon border.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

City plows on standby as Spokane prepares for moderate snow accumulations

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory on Tuesday predicting that at least one inch of fresh snow will fall on Spokane through Wednesday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Up to 4 inches of snow expected in Spokane by Wednesday evening; even more in Pullman, Coeur d’Alene

The National Weather Service said Spokane will get 3 to 4 inches of snow between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday, while Coeur d’Alene will get 4 to 6 …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 1:07 p.m.

Snow showers forecast through Sunday morning

A brief spurt of heavy snow hit Spokane around noon on Saturday and left about 1/2 inch of snow. More could fall after dark.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Half inch of snow possible Saturday night before Spokane temperatures drop early next week

While there is a chance to see some more flurries Saturday, forecasters don’t expect it to bring the mass amounts we saw earlier this week.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Spokane-area temperatures expected to drop again next week

Spokane will see an inch or less of new snow through early Friday morning, but temperatures are expected to dip back into the teens early next week, according to the …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 9:51 p.m.

The snow will go on in Inland Northwest

The region could see up to a foot of snow in some areas as colder-than-average temperatures, icy conditions and snowstorms continue throughout the rest of the week.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

More snow expected for Spokane through Saturday

Temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing moving into the weekend, with up to 5 or 6 inches of snow, all mixed with heavy wind gusts that could make …