Spring snow and wind hit the Inland Northwest - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spring snow and wind hit the Inland Northwest

Sunday, March 29, 8:05 am

Spring break week will be Cool & breezy with more wet days than dry.  Plan on Monday and Wednesday being the better travel days with partly cloudy skies between storms.

TODAY: Conditions will improve by mid day for Spokane and points northward.  Areas south of Spokane can expect snow, rain and wind to continue. It should be a gusty afternoon for the entire region. 

For the Spokane-CDA area above 2,500' (you know who you are...south hill, browns mt. and western plains)  light slush/snow accumulation of 1-2" is expected by noon. For the NE Mts. & N. Panhandle Mts. expect 3-6" Mts. and 1-3" valleys this morning. Sprinkles or drips may continue into the afternoon as temperatures warm into the 40s with winds gusting in the 30s. The Palouse can expect 3-6" of snow above 2,500' through early afternoon. 

The heavy snow up to 14" and gusty winds to 40mph causing blowing and drifting through the Blue Mts. will not improve until after 4pm. 

The brunt of the storm will continue to pound the central Panhandle Mts., Souther Nez Perce and Lewis Counties above 2,500' and the Camas Prairie above 3,000' until 11pm. Winds will gusts to 45mph reducing visibility with blowing and drifting. The Central Panhandle Mts. can expect 8-15" of snow with 3-6" for the valleys and Nez Perce & Lewis Counties above 2,500'. The Camas Prairie above 3,000 will likely measure 5-9" with the most opportunity for drifting over exposed areas.

MONDAY: will start very cool and possibly icy. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 40s (about 8 degrees below normal).  The next storm arrives MONDAY NIGHT -TUESDAY bringing another round of rain, low elevation snow and gusty winds.  WEDNESDAY will be partly cloudy.  THURSDAY & FRIDAY should be soggy.

Not great news but at least you know.  Knowledge is power.

Julia Sandstrom
KHQ Meteorologist

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