Wind, rain, snow; what's next? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Wind, rain, snow; what's next?

SPOKANE, Wash. - We just can't seem to break away from this chilly, unsettled weather pattern.  "Unsettled" is weather talk for possible showers.  Here's what's happening.  We have very cold air and moisture overhead.  If the ground heats up enough we could see a stray thunderstorm.  It's a little on the cold side for this but a few have been reported over the northern mountains. The lift of the higher terrain and the sunshine between the clouds could be enough to trigger a few small lightning strikes and possible hail especially over the Columbia Basin.  Showers should end this evening for Spokane & Moses Lake and point northward.

Late Wednesday afternoon and tonight the heavier showers will shift to the southern zones. Lewiston should expect all rain, but the Palouse could see snow mixed in again.  Light snow was reported this morning at Rosalia.  Okanogan measured 4.5".

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is posted for Lewis & southern Nez Perce County AND THE Camas Prairie from 5pm until Thursday 5am. Above 3.000', 1"-3" of snow could fall over Craigmont, Nez Perce & Winchester & Grangeville area. The Grande Ronde Valley of NE Oregon could get 6" of snow by 10pm tonight.

A WINTER STORM WARNING from 5pm - 11am Thursday for Snow & Strong Winds.  The Southern Clearwater Mountains (Elk City, Dixie) & White Bird Grade can expect 4"-8" of snow plus 25-30mph gusts causing blowing & drifting.  The Blue Mts. & Oregon's Wallowa County should prepare for 6-10" of new snow by Thursday morning.

Mother Nature seems bent on making up for being in a mild mood all winter.