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The final night of the year may be the coldest of the season

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This weekend our cold stretch begins to come to an end, though we still have a couple of days of chill to navigate.

There’s a possibility of snow Friday morning with gradual clearing and even sunshine later in the day. High temperatures are expected to be in the teens. The National Weather Service says blustery winds will mean wind chill readings of -5 to -20 in the Okanogan Valley and on the Waterville Plateau today. Tonight may be the coldest night of the week with lows in the single digits and below zero.

Saturday: The sunshine will stay with us for the first day of 2022. It will be the last day of high temperatures in the teens. Overnight lows will begin to moderate.

Sunday will bring a new, warmer, more moist weather system, with temperatures warming into the 20s, still cold enough for snow. Spokane will see a slight chance of it in the later afternoon, leading to heavier snow overnight into Monday. Snow will fall in the Cascades, northern mountain valleys and mountains of central Idaho. Winds may cause blowing snow from the West Plains to the Palouse. Lows will be in the upper teens and low 20s.

On Monday, the snow is expected to continue. Forecasters expect 5-8” of snow to fall overall in the Spokane area. Other regions will see less snow and southeastern Washington may see a combination of rain and snow. Temperatures are expected to reach 30. The possibility of more snow will continue through next week.