SPOKANE, Wash. -- A return to snowy conditions in lower elevations began very lightly on Tuesday evening, but Thursday night seems to be bringing plenty of rain and snow through the region that will continue into the weekend.
Part of the reason for this is a return to more seasonable temperatures. Overnight lows in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene are expected to drop to the low 30s and in some cases, upper 20s. This prevents the snow from melting as it falls, and will allow for its accumulation after it falls.
Overnight on Thursday, more rain and snow are expected to drop around the Inland Northwest, in elevations lower than 2,000 feet. In addition, as temperatures drop below freezing, there is a likelihood of patchy fog overnight. Over the weekend, as cooler air moved from Canada, snow levels will reach lower elevations. The Spokane and Coeur d'Alene regions are not expecting more than an inch of snow, but areas such as Sandpoint, Idaho may see up to three inches.
Higher mountain elevations, especially across the panhandle region, have a stronger likelihood of seeing heavier snow over the weekend. Areas like Mount Spokane have seen a return to the snow, and expect more going into the next few days. As Monday rolls around, a drier weather pattern will keep skies relatively clear for the first few days of the week, but temperatures will remain chilly.