SPOKANE, Wash. — For those of us living in the higher elevations, there are reports of snow.

In an event that started late Wednesday with a winter weather advisory, snow will continue to hit places like Lookout Pass and Dobson Pass, primarily along the Northern Idaho Panhandle.

As of 12:30 p.m. the winter weather advisory has been extended for Central Panhandle mountains and western Montana mountains. It's now in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

Early Friday morning, the Spokane International Airport reported light snow, light drizzle and mist.

There are one to two inches of new snow expected over the Northern Panhandle, NE Washington mountains, Okanogan highlands and the higher elevations of western Montana. The heaviest expected period for snow will be through early Friday morning. Schweitzer Mountain reported 5 inches of snow!

Snow totals by Friday morning maxed out in the five to six inch range in the highest elevations. There are an additional one to three inches of snow possible on top of that heading our way.

There is also a freeze warning for the eastern slopes of the Cascades and the southern Central Washington region Friday night. The rain and snow is expected to taper off overnight.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will impact and potentially cause travel difficulties.

Be prepared for snow covered roads, limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

Cities potentially impacted by snow:

  • Sandpoint
  • Rathdrum
  • Bonners
  • Ferry
  • Priest River
  • Eastport
  • Colville
  • Deer Park
  • Chewelah
  • Newport
  • Kettle Falls
  • Republic
  • Inchelium
  • Wauconda
  • Sherman Pass
  • Schweitzer Mountain Road
  • Flowery Trail Road.