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Weathercatch: Snow squalls? Watch out if you encounter one

On Valentine’s Day morning, Mother Nature surprised drivers heading to work in Bozeman with a blast of snow and wind that abruptly transformed relatively clear skies into blizzard conditions.

Ranchers hit by Oregon flooding get donated hay for animals

A club of off-roading enthusiasts in northeastern Oregon has revved into action to help livestock owners hit by extreme flooding this month.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Bitter cold in Midwest, Northeast to ease during weekend

Bitterly cold temperatures persisted from the northern Plains to parts of the Great Lakes and northern New England

Brrrr! Arctic front brings dangerous wind chills to Midwest

Students are staying home from school and several businesses are closed in the upper Midwest as arctic air pushes wind chill readings to more than 40 below zero in some …

Torrential rains leave swollen rivers, downed trees in South

Days of torrential rain across the Southeast have left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Weathercatch: Love, chocolates and weather events

February is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Coeur d’Alene jewelry shop wins snowfall dispute, says customers will get $500K in refunds

Jane Clark, who owns Clark’s Diamond Jewelers, said more than 300 people who made purchases at the store between Nov. 22 and Dec. 31 will receive refund checks totaling more …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Rescues by chopper, front loader as flood hits northwest U.S.

Residents in northeastern Oregon were plucked from rapidly rising floodwaters by helicopter or rode to safety in the bucket of a front-end loader as relentless rain and melting snow pushed …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Rains causing flooding, evacuations in western Washington

Heavy rains sent a creek over a major roadway and into an apartment building east of Seattle on Thursday.

Weathercatch: River in the sky pelts Washington state

The Pacific Northwest got drenched and wind-whipped recently, courtesy of the first atmospheric river to hit the region this decade.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

A couple inches of snow overnight will make for slick morning commute; WSU in Pullman cancels classes

A little less than 2 inches of snow fell around Spokane last night, prompting warnings to slow down for Wednesday’s morning commute.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Snow begins falling, cars start crashing, with several inches possible by morning

The latest shot of winter arrived Tuesday afternoon with several inches of snow forecast overnight into Wednesday morning.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

As Punxsutawney Phil takes his turn, winter is still nowhere in sight, real forecasters say

Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil does or does not see his shadow Sunday morning, the winter of 2019-20 indisputably has been a shadow of itself. And the higher-order mammals who …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

High winds take out trees, down power lines, close roads in Spokane and North Idaho

High winds and gusts stronger than 45 mph took out trees, downed power lines and closed roads in Spokane and North Idaho on Saturday.

As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk

Australia’s wildfires have illuminated a growing global concern over water quality

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Winds as gusty as 50 mph will bring winter temperatures back to Spokane on Saturday

Gusts are expected to peak above 45 mph in some areas west of Spokane, including Ritzville, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service. In Spokane, gusts are expected to …

Weathercatch: Be wary of dreary ‘wintry mix’

If you live in the Inland Northwest, you probably know that “wintry mix” is not a type of winter party snack. Instead, it’s an informal meteorological term used to describe …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

‘We’re fighting for the truth’: CdA jeweler hires attorneys to challenge ruling on $500K snowfall promotion

Clark’s Diamond Jewelers in Coeur d’Alene is involving attorneys in its crusade to award more than $500,000 in refunds to customers after an insurance company ruled that snowfall fell short …

Tacos, anyone? Iguanas fell from trees, and people were selling the meat online

Mango season may be months away, but if you live in South Florida, your trees may have recently been ripe for the picking – of iguanas.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Heavy rain sends massive boulders crashing on Oregon highway

Rockslides triggered by unrelenting rain have closed local roads and highways around Oregon, including a highway near Crater Lake National Park that was closed Tuesday after two boulders the size …

Spokane Public Schools hold make-up day of classes Monday after early season snow

Monday is a planned weather make-up day. Classes will be held after school was canceled Oct. 9 due to an early season snowstorm.

Weathercatch: No twin snowflakes – is it true?

In the wake of multiple rounds of snow that pounded the Inland Northwest last week, it seems a good time to revisit the adage that no two snowflakes are alike. …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Watch: Skijoring Spokane’s South Hill

Trisha Thorman took full advantage of a series of area snow storms by harnessing up her two dogs (Sitka and Sahale) and skijouring for 3.5 miles around the South Hill, …

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.

State rep’s bill a response to Pullman flood fines

A Washington state representative has introduced a bill in response to fines levied against the city of Pullman for violations that occurred during an April flood rescue.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Newfoundland reeling after blizzard buries capital

Canada’s weather agency has ended a blizzard warning for the St. John’s, Newfoundland, area but a rare state of emergency and storm surge warning remain in effect following a monster …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Spokane County asks for patience after man challenges snowplow driver to fisticuffs

“The snow started falling last Friday, and it’s been a long week for everybody,” a county spokeswoman said.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Winter storms continue, putting customers in dark in parts of Pacific Northwest, grounding flights out of O’Hare

A plane slid off the taxiway at Kansas City International Airport on Friday due to icy conditions that also have closed schools, universities and government offices as a sprawling winter …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Storms cut power for days in Western Washington towns

Rural mountain communities outside Seattle where unusually intense winter storms knocked out power for days have seen some relief

Weathercatch: Parade spawns meteorological mischief

Everybody loves a parade.