Snow On The First Day of Spring?? You Bet! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Snow On The First Day of Spring?? You Bet!

SPOKANE, Wash. - It says it right there on the calendar: "Spring Begins" on March 20th.

For most of us, spring means more flowers, April showers, longer days, and warmer weather. But not this year. This spring in Spokane, it seems Mother Nature and Father Time got it all mixed up. Instead of springing forward, Spokane's weather is falling back...way back!

On the first official day of spring, folks in the Inland Northwest can expect a light dusting of snow. Take a look at KHQ's six-day forecast and you'll notice a sunny spring week is broken up by back-to-back snow days.

KHQ Chief Meteorologist Bill Kelly says this spring's cold snap is an anomaly and blames a jet stream. "To make it very simple, is our jet stream is doing this crazy pattern where it's dipping down on the west and its the opposite in the east," he said.

While the Pacific Northwest is unusually cold right now because of the jet stream, Kelly said, the eastern part of the United States is breaking temperatures for heat.

Kelly said the snow could stick around Spokane for about a week.

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