Stormy weather including increased chances of rain, high wind, and snow will continue in the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region throughout the work week.
Monday kicked off the start of the changing weather pattern. Spokane saw only .11 of an inch of rain over the course of the afternoon, but peak wind gusts of 32 mph and sustained wind speeds of 23 mph. Rain and high winds are expected through Tuesday, with most areas expected sustained winds in the 20 to 30 mph range.
Along with rain and wind, snow has already been recorded and will continue throughout the work week. Central Idaho and portions of the Panhandle may see snow at elevations as low as 3,000 feet. While some passes like Loup Loup and Blewett may only see one to three inches of snow, Stevens pass could see ten to twelve inches.
While much of the INW may see adverse weather, areas west of the Cascades have already seen gusts of 50 to 60 mph and much heavier rain. A large amount of the stormy weather won’t make its way far past the Cascades. Areas west of the Cascades that do not see increased precipitation will likely see increased cloud coverage throughout the week.
Temperatures are expected to remain at about average, with afternoon highs in the mid 40-degree range, and overnight lows in the mid to lower 30s. Because of these average temperatures, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas are not forecasted to see anything.