Big snow storm taking aim on the Inland Northwest

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 28 at 8:23 PM

SPOKANE -- Cloudy and wet weather is expected Tuesday before another big blast of snow blows across the region.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area, the Upper Columbia Basin and the Northeast Mountains of Washington from 10:00 p.m. Tuesday to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Precipitation may start in the form of rain Tuesday night but will change to snow overnight.  The snow will be heavy at times, with 6 to 10 inches expected.

Even more snow is expected in the North Idaho Panhandle and the Central Panhandle mountains.  A winter storm warning for that area is in effect from 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.  6 to 12 inches of snow is expected in the valleys with the highest amounts in the Central Panhandle, including the Silver Valley.  Mountains in the Central Panhandle could receive in excess of 15 inches.

For the Idaho and Washington Palouse a blizzard warning is in effect from 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  4 to 8 inches of snow is expected and winds will pick-up to about 25 miles-per-hour by Wednesday afternoon.

The significant amounts of snow will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Heavy snowfall Wednesday will be followed by increasing winds Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Blowing and drifting snow could become a problem on rural roads and highways, especially on the Washington Palouse.

Temperatures are expected to drop like a rock later in the week getting down in the teens.  Overnight temperatures could drop below zero.

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