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In the Garden: Keeping your green thumb fertilized through the winter

It’s a good thing the holidays are coming because they distract gardeners from missing their favorite outdoor activity. But if holiday preparations aren’t enough, there are plenty of ways to …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses

Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won’t plant this year.


Think the snow and cold were bad this winter? In 1969, Spokane saw 3 1/2 feet on the ground

The winter of 1969 holds a place in the record books and in the collective memory of Spokane. The oddities of that winter collected as fast as the snowfall. It …


Paul Turner: Problems don’t just melt away with the snow

I hate to be the one to break it to you.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019

Coeur d’Alene snowball fight doesn’t break record, but still delights combatants

Dozens of people showed up at McEuen Park for a slushy snowball skirmish Saturday before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Winter soldiers young and old let snowballs fly at the …


Colorado’s ‘bomb cyclone’ storm barrels toward Midwest

A blizzard that paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, bringing whiteout conditions to western Nebraska and dumping heavy rain that prompted evacuations in communities …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019

If you’re tired of the snow, be thankful it’s not 1969

As of Tuesday, Spokane had at least 10 inches of snow on the ground for 30 days in a row. That’s not even close to the record.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019

Late winter weather puts squeeze on local governments’ snow removal budgets in Spokane area

Spokane’s second-snowiest February on record may have pushed local governments to spend more than normal on de-icer, overtime and equipment used to keep the area’s roads clear.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

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: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

California river receding after flooding 2,000 buildings

Floodwaters that turned two Northern California wine country communities into islands reachable only by boat began receding Thursday after a rain-engorged river finally peaked after swamping thousands of homes and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Storm slams western US, raises flood fears to California

A winter storm slamming the western U.S. was dumping rain in Northern California on Tuesday and raising the threat of floods while heavy mountain snowfall created a risk of avalanches …


High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice

High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

NOAA predicting warmer- and drier-than-normal spring

Officials say snowpack levels in northern Idaho and Washington have improved over the last month, but both states could still be heading for an abnormally dry summer.


Snow in Las Vegas! Strip gets first white stuff in decade

A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

A sprawling storm dumped several inches of snow from the Midwest to the East Coast and deluged the South with rain Wednesday as it closed schools, snarled air travel and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

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: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Cleanup, damage assessment in wake of West’s big storm

California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts …


Jennings: When it’s (almost) too cold to ski

Winter weather can be cruel. An Arctic storm delivered nearly a foot of snow to Mount Spokane last weekend. It arrived riding a wave of bitter cold, high winds and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Road closures, flooding in Northwest due to rain, snow

Rain, snow and flooding continued to cause problems in parts of Washington and Oregon, with several major roadways closed following more than a week of severe winter weather.


Thousands without power following Northwest storms

Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest.


Typically rain-soaked Washington state slammed by snow again

Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature cancelled all hearings Monday as snow and ice storms pummeled the Northwest again, with more winter storms predicted for areas that typically …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Winter storm pounds Seattle

A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019

Deep freeze expected this week

Wondering how cold it’s going to get this winter? This week might reveal the answer. The National Weather Service is warning of ice and freezing temperatures in the Spokane area, …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Long johns to short sleeves: Rapid thaw follows polar blast

In Illinois, temperatures could rise by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam could lead to flooding. Across the Midwest, the sudden …


Heavy snow hitting parts of Midwest; dangerous cold coming

Heavy snow and powerful wind created blizzard-like conditions Monday across parts of the Midwest, prompting officials to cancel about 1,000 flights in Chicago and close hundreds of schools in several …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019

Deep freeze grips Upper Midwest, more bitter cold to come

An arctic wave has wrapped parts of the Midwest in numbing cold, sending temperatures plunging and prompting officials to close schools in several states on Friday, but forecasters say the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Hundreds of schools closed, delayed amid Midwest snowstorm

Schools are closed across the Midwest and Detroit’s main airport has been shut down as a major snowstorm crawls across the region.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Storm threatens another round of snow, frigid weather

Snow and freezing rain has prompted officials to close the largest school districts in Nebraska and Iowa ahead of a winter storm that’s threatening the Midwest with several inches of …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Frigid air, high winds cause dangerous travel conditions

Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend’s falling snow.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England

A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump …