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Sunny and warm with temps in the 70s this weekend

This weekend offers some of the best weather we've seen all year.

SPOKANE, Wash. — It's shaping up to be a an absolutely perfect weekend across the Inland Northwest. 

We've been building to the most beautiful weekend of the year (so far) for days now. As wind dies down today, temperatures will soar. Friday offers ample sunshine, light wind and temperatures up near 70 degrees.

The pattern at play is a ridge of high pressure. But not just any ridge. It's an omega block. That means it doesn't want to move and will take quite the atmospheric pattern change to get a shift in the pattern.

That means temperatures will continue to build into the weekend with daytime highs topping out in the low 70s. All of that sunshine and warmth comes with light winds too!

Until late Sunday. 

A cold front diving into the northern US on Sunday will bring about a change in the weather pattern. Moving in from the Northeast, we call this type of front a backdoor front. The front will bring about some cloud cover and cooler temperatures in North Idaho Sunday. But the direction of the front, the amount of energy, and the blocking pattern all play a role in what we see in Washington. 

For Spokane, it's a little wind with temperatures trending slightly cooler on Monday. Even with a drop of about 10 degrees. Most locations will stay warmer than average as we kick off next week.

As the front moves out, temps will once again climb. 

Aside from a few sprinkles in some northern communities and higher elevations on Sunday, our dry pattern continues. The next chance of rain doesn't look to arrive until late April. 

-KREM 2 Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo

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