The first few weeks of November typically signal a change in the weather. As the fall foliage passes its peak and temperatures fall below freezing overnight, the chance of snow moves closer.
The average first day of snowfall in Spokane is Nov. 14. Last year, Spokane saw an early dose of winter with almost seven inches of snow by Nov. 5.
There is a chance that we will see snowflakes in the city of Spokane on Nov. 9.
The forecast shows that there may be a couple rain and snow showers passing through the Northwest on Friday, but chances are slim that anything will stick in Spokane.
The chance of rain in Spokane holds at 40 percent, but increases toward Coeur d'Alene with 50 percent. Below is KREM 2's FutureTracker that notes a rain/snow mixture over Spokane County on Friday afternoon.
Beyond Friday, the forecast looks to dry out into about the middle of next week, which means we could push farther past the 'average' first snowfall date.
A two-week outlook shows the Northwest should expect below-average precipitation and temperatures in line with average. That means chances are high for our first snowfall of the season to come after Nov. 15 -- later than normal. In the last 10 years, the latest we've seen a first snowfall was Nov. 28, 2008. That means chances are high that the first snowfall will come after Nov. 15 but before the start of December.
Around other areas of the Northwest, snow is already the norm. A Winter Weather Advisory took effect Monday morning along the Idaho/Montana border over Lolo Pass with plenty of snow causing difficulties or delays over the pass. Right now, the snow level rests at 4,500 feet in the daytime, and drops to 3,500 feet overnight.