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PHOTOS: 'Milky Rain' hits the area

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Many cars were left covered in filth after a heavy rain on Friday (PHOTO: Nicole Braswell) Many cars were left covered in filth after a heavy rain on Friday (PHOTO: Nicole Braswell)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The rain fell and the phones rang. It is not uncommon for us to get phone calls from viewers letting us know about rain or snow in their "neck of the woods" to steal a phrase from Al Roker. But Friday morning, we received a few more calls than normal. Our Facebook feed was also lighting up. What is this "Milky Rain" everyone was inquiring about? So we went outside to check for ourselves. Sure enough, all of the cars out on W. Sprague were covered in filth. 

But what was the cause? 

That's still up for debate. Both the National Weather Service and Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency said they were looking into it, but they didn't have anything confirmed yet. 

KHQ's Weather Department was also stumped, but had the same theory many other meteorologists had: a Mexican volcano. 

Apparently there is a volcano in Mexico that has been erupting, sending ash into the atmosphere, and because the jet stream is "pretty much running north-south right now" according to KHQ's Blake Jensen, the rain in our area is bringing down a lot of ash from the atmosphere with it. 

Whatever is causing it, local car washes should be in for a good couple of days in the near future. 



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