Snow returns to the mountains this weekend, with additional light accumulations possible across the northern valleys of Northeastern Washington and the Northern Panhandle of Idaho. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for parts of the Inland Northwest on Saturday, including both Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes in the Cascades and Lookout Pass in Idaho, so if you're doing any travel across the mountains on Saturday, allow for some extra time. Dry weather will return on Sunday.
For Spokane, temperatures look like they're going to be just a hair too warm for any snow accumulation so a rain/snow mix is expected. High temperatures around 40 degrees would also melt off any snow that we see.
As things dry out again on Saturday night, another wave of colder air pushes into the region, and this will set the stage for more widespread lowland snow during the upcoming week. Sunday will start off with temperatures in the 20s and highs will only be in the mid 30s under partly cloudy skies.
Snow is expected again next Monday and Wednesday. With much colder temperatures in place, several inches of accumulation are possible on Monday...and the snow will have a much harder time melting away with overnight lows Monday night dropping into the teens.
-KREM 2 Meteorologist Michelle Boss