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Rain and snow for now, sunnier weather on the way

Snow falling in Moses Lake on April 1, 2009 Snow falling in Moses Lake on April 1, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - Yet another strong storm has brought rain, snow and below average temperatures to the region and it's going to stick around until Friday, however there is good news: the weekend looks dry, sunny and much more mild.

Another in a series of cold early spring storms will move slowly through the Inland Northwest beginning Wednesday night - dropping more low elevation mixed rain and snow - and several more inches of snow to the mountains. Once this front passes Thursday, you can expect unsettled weather to linger into early Friday before we get a break from this active weather pattern.

The brunt of this storm will focus on the mountains above 3,000 feet.  The northeast mountains and panhandle mountains should accumulate the most.  By Thursday evening 6-12" of new snow is expected. 

The valleys below 3,000 feet - including Sandpoint, Rathdrum, Bonners Ferry, Deer Park and Colville - expect 2-4" to fall.  For Sherman Pass and the Okanogan Highlands as well as Lookout Pass in the Central Panhandle, 9-10" is expected by midnight Thursday. Valleys below 3,000 feet in these areas including Omak and Republic can expect 2-4".

For Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and the Palouse, 1-2" of snow is expected by mid-morning on Thursday.  Most should melt as snow showers change back to rain.  The higher hills, including Spokane's south hill, Western Plains, Browns Mt. and Mullan Hill.  can expect as much as 3". 

Saturday and Sunday look much nicer with partly sunny skies and temperatures warming back to seasonal averages in the 50s.

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