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A year-end cold snap has begun in the Inland Northwest

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The Inland Northwest is now firmly in the middle of a colder-than-normal weather system. 

A bit of snow fell overnight in Spokane, making the morning commute a bit slippery. Eastern Washington and north Idaho will see the possibility of a few more snow flurries this morning, then clearing. For some, the chance of snow will linger throughout the day.

Temperatures in Spokane are not quite as cold as initially forecast. Highs today will run from about 10 in the Okanogan and Methow Valleys to the low 20s in southeastern Washington. Some of the region will have a cloudy day, others will see sunny skies. The windchills will be below zero in much of the region, as cold as -20 in Omak. Overnight lows will range from below zero, -12 in Republic to the mid teens in southeastern Washington and Lewiston.

Wednesday: Some areas will open the day with a chance of snow flurries. But for others it will be clear and cold, perhaps the coldest day of the week. For some cities, this will be the coldest night of the week, from a few degrees below zero to single digits.

Thursday: The chance of snow will increase again, but not much accumulation. North Idaho, especially the Coeur d’Alene area could see 1-3 inches. It will start to warm up a bit.

Friday: A sunny day for most of the region. Temps will fall several degrees in the Palouse, southeastern Washington and Spokane. Stable in northeastern and north central Washington.

The region will start to pull out of this cold streak on Sunday, with temperatures back close to normal early next week.

 

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