Another relatively mild Pacific storm arrives over the Inland Northwest today, bringing rain and gusty winds.
In Spokane, light rain is most likely between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Winds will veer from the southeast to southwest and pick up speed.
In Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, gusts from 20 to 30 mph are forecast for late this morning through this evening.
Stronger gusts are possible in parts of the West Plains, Palouse and east side of the Columbia Basin where gusts could be as strong as 35 mph and possibly 40 mph.
The rest of the weekend has the chance for calmer weather – good for outdoor activities – with mostly to partly sunny skies Friday and Saturday and highs around 50.
Fog and low clouds might form Friday night and early Saturday. The chance of rain returns Sunday evening.
A cold front from Canada will move arctic air into the region early Monday, sending nighttime temperatures to near 30, but clearing off skies during the day.
Forecasters said the change to colder weather will not be too dramatic, but the arctic air intrusion on Monday will be the first of the approaching winter season.
Sandpoint will escape the gusty winds today but may see more showers Thursday night and again on Saturday night and Sunday.
The cold front Monday will be felt more strongly in Sandpoint with lows dipping to 23 Tuesday night and highs in the mid-30s under partly to mostly sunny skies.
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