SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane's high temperature reached 60 degrees at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, marking the first time since October 23rd that Spokane had 60-degree heat. The warm final day of winter was felt across the state as Seattle's high of 79 degrees today was their warmer winter day on record.
The Spring Equinox is at 2:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20th and should be the warmest day of the week, with highs in the mid 60s for some locations.
The warm and dry weather is courtesy of a high pressure region dominating the Pacific Northwest's weather pattern. It's deflecting the jet stream far away for our area for now leading to the sunny skies and 60-degree warmth.
When that high pressure area departs by the weekend, the Inland Northwest will see our next chance for rain both Saturday and Sunday. Mountain peaks will still get a little snow, but it's out of the question for the valleys with highs in the 50s and low temperatures at or above the freezing mark.
We will continue to monitor river levels, snow melt and rain chances as we track flooding potential. River levels are fairly low at the moment but will see a gentle increase this weekend with the vast majority of snow melting away.
Spokane saw it's snow depth drop from 16 inches last Wednesday to 6 inches on Tuesday afternoon. That should be mostly gone by Friday of this week before the rain chances move into the area for the weekend.
No flooding issues are expected. At worst, a few creeks or rivers may experience minor flooding, but nothing out of the ordinary.
- KREM 2 Meteorologist Thomas Patrick