Snow returns to Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Snow returns to Spokane

SPOKANE Wash. - As promised we woke up to a bit of snow Sunday morning.  Occasional bouts of flurries and light snow will continue into Monday with most of the accumulation in the mountains.  Sunbreaks at times also seem likely. Once this "troughy" (unorganized, light, showery-type) airmass pushes into southern Idaho late Monday, the door will be opened for very cold arctic air (by way of Canada and Montana) to pour down over our region.

Ski hills are reporting several inches of snow from the past 3 days: 19" Silver Mt. & Bluewood, 14" White Pass, 9" Stevens Pass, 8" Mt. Spokane.  The heaviest snowfall period was Saturday into this morning.  However, Snow will continue in the mountains through Monday. By Monday night, communities in the NE Mts and North and Central Panhandle Mts. can expect up to 3" for the valleys and up to 8" for the Mts.  Stevens and Snoqualmie passes are both re-opened after avalanche control up to 8" of additional snow is expected by tonight and traction tires are required.  Up to 12" of snow is expected along HWY 12 from Powell to Lolo pass and for HWY 11 near Headquarters by Monday morning.

Typically, for the first week in March afternoon highs average in the mid 40s with lows around 29.  'Modified arctic air' is poised to deliver record cold to the region Monday night through Wednesday morning.  Max daytime temps are expected in the 20s and 30s with lows dropping into the teens and single digits.  The national weather service is calling for a low of -1 for Sandpoint Wednesday morning.

The good news is that the sun should return by Tuesday or Wednesday which will help to gradually warm us back into the 40s by the end of the week. 

p.s. the cold front arrived on schedule yesterday with a peak wind gust of 52mph at the Spokane airport about 2pm.

Julia Sandstrom
KHQ Meteorologist

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