SPOKANE, Wash. -- After a long dry stretch, snow returned to the Inland Northwest.
Most people woke up to one-three inches of snow on the ground Wednesday morning. Snow was expected to continue through the day with additional accumulations of two-four inches possible.
Before this week, Spokane stood three and a half to four inches below normal precipitation levels. Since Oct. 1, less than three inches of rain and snow had fallen. Usually by this time, the Inland Northwest receives around six and a half inches of moisture.
The last time Spokane saw a winter this dry was in 2000 when the area measured less than three inches of precipitation from October to December. The driest winter on record came in 1976 when Spokane received just 1.41 inches of precipitation in the three-month period.