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Dreariness ahead for Halloween weekend

The autumn rains that started more than two weeks ago show no signs of letting up, although today will offer a bit of a break as the high rebounds to near 60 in Spokane.

The weekend will last an additional hour as daylight savings time ends on Sunday morning.

National Weather Service forecasters said another Pacific storm will arrive on the coast today, sending a warm front with high clouds and a chance of showers across the Inland Northwest.

The main body of the storm holds off until Friday. But computer forecast models show the storm weakening as it stretches southward into Northern California.

Regionally, the greatest chance of rain arrives on Friday evening about the time that trick-or-treating gets started.

Temperatures will peak in the lower 60s during the day on Friday and then remain relatively mild during early evening hours.

Lows will be in the 40s through Saturday morning.

In North Idaho, highs for the next two days will be in the middle to upper 50s with plenty of clouds. There will be a slight chance of showers today and Friday in Coeur d’Alene.

Forecasters said there is a lot of uncertainty on how the storm will evolve over the weekend, but they expect temperatures to cool down and chances of rain to continue through Saturday and possibly Sunday. Mountain snow levels may drop to the high pass level this weekend. Parts of the Idaho Panhandle could see a resurgence of rain or showers.

In Spokane, highs on Saturday and Sunday drop to the lower 50s while North Idaho should see highs in the upper 40s.

So far, the Spokane region has yet to see its first frost. It’s now likely that 2014 will become only the seventh year since 1881 to see its first fall frost in November. The average first frost in Spokane is Oct. 7.

Daylight savings time ends Sunday morning, so set clocks back an hour.

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