Second blast of arctic weather headed our way - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Second blast of arctic weather headed our way

Drifting snow in St. John Drifting snow in St. John

SPOKANE, Wash. - Another arctic weather system is expected to drop down from the north and pass over the currently entrenched arctic airmass lingering over eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Snowfall is expected to start up over the Cascades near the British Columbia border Wednesday morning and spread south and east through Wednesday and into Thursday.

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National Weather Service - Spokane

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel. The National Weather Service is forecasting 4 to 7 inches of snowfall over most lower elevations and 8 to 14 inches in the mountains.

Apart from the snow, temperatures will remain bitterly cold across the region throughout the week.  We'll be lucky to see 15 degrees.  Lows will range from 12 on Thursday, to temperatures as low as -16 possible on Saturday.

With such low temperatures forecasted, it is very important to keep safety in mind.

Staying safe in your home:

1. Create or purchase a 3-day disaster supplies kit. Kits should include water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items for medical conditions for each member of your family. Also keep additional blankets, bottled water, and a flashlight with extra batteries available.

2. When using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.

3. If you purchase a fresh Christmas tree, secure it in a sturdy stand away from heat sources and exits and water it daily. If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.

Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials. Take special care when burning candles and never leave a lit candle unattended.

Staying safe in your car:

1. Have your car winterized and keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include blankets, food, water, flares, chains, gloves and first aid supplies.

2. Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

3. Allow extra time when traveling. Let someone know your destination, route, and when you expect to arrive. Monitor weather conditions carefully and adhere to travel advisories.

4. If you do get stuck, stay with your car-do not try to walk to safety. Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna and keep your overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.

 

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