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UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Rare tornado touches down near Richland

A small tornado appeared to touch down just north of Richland on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Cold front brings high winds and snow rain mix

As a cold front moves into the Spokane area the National Weather services expects strong winds and a mix of rain and snow.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Mixed precipitation falls on parts of Spokane on Sunday morning

The National Weather Service has left a wind advisory in effect through 6 p.m., and mountain snow is expected on the passes to the east toward Montana.


Flooding seems certain for some along the Missouri River

Several states along the Missouri River face an elevated flood risk this spring because the soil remains wet and a significant amount of snow is on the ground in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Warmer weather in Spokane will melt valley snow all week

Temperatures are forecast in the mid- to upper-30s for Tuesday and Wednesday with the potential for some rain and snow mix.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Warmer temperatures expected today

Temperatures may be warming up in Spokane but with rain and snow set to fall throughout Thursday, roads could still be slick. City snow crews worked through the night to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

After last night, warmer days are here

Temperatures dropped to 13 degrees late Tuesday night but forecasts show slight warmer temperatures ahead.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

City, county prepare for days of plowing ahead of weekend snowstorm in Spokane

Due to the back-to-back nature of snow events expected over the weekend, city officials predicted it could take days to fully plow the 2,200 lane miles of city road.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall on Spokane starting Friday

The snow is expected to snarl traffic on Interstate 90 from Ritzville into North Idaho, on Highway 195 from Spokane to Uniontown and on Highway 2 in the West Plains …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

After overnight snow, temperatures expected to warm up Tuesday

Temperatures are expected to warm up throughout Tuesday morning with a wet snowfall turning into rain.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Spokane expected to have a windy, snowy New Year’s Eve

A National Weather Service meteorologist said a narrow corridor of moisture known as an “atmospheric river” will affect weather in the region in two waves starting Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Weather officials: 24 tornadoes hit South over 2 days

At least two dozen tornadoes hit the Southeast this week in a deadly outbreak of severe weather, assessments by the National Weather Service show.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

4 dead as suspected twisters, other storms batter the South

A swarm of tornadoes and storms that left a trail of destruction across the Southeast killed four people, injured a dozen more and left victims to bundle up against the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Light snow, slick roads expected in Eastern Washington on Sunday

Eastern Washington and North Idaho are expected to receive light snow on Sunday, which could lead to slick conditions on Interstate 90 and other highways as many return home from …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Unsafe weather conditions, power outages expected day before Thanksgiving

A windstorm blowing through the region could cause power outages and unsafe travel conditions just before the Thanksgiving holiday.


Winter outlook for Spokane region has forecasters guessing

As the Spokane region races headlong into the winter from a colder than normal fall, forecasters are essentially saying they don’t know what to expect.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.