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Snow falls in Spokane area, North Idaho on Tuesday

A mix of what is likely snow, rain and sleet is falling in the Spokane area and throughout the Inland Northwest on Tuesday morning.
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Snow in Sandpoint

Editor's note: Above video is a live weather camera in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – Snow is falling throughout Spokane County on Tuesday morning. 

The National Weather Service said precipitation began falling in the Spokane area and eastern Columbia Basin at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday as a mix of rain, snow and a bit of sleet. 

Snow pellets began falling at the Spokane Airport as of 11:30 a.m. Visibility is limited down to six miles. Light, non-accumulating snow is also falling in downtown Spokane. 

Snow began falling in Oldtown, Idaho, and Newport, Washington at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The state Department of Transportation shared reports of snow from crews plowing in parts of Stevens, Pend Oreille and north Spokane County. KREM viewers contributed photos of accumulating snow on the roads in Sandpoint and Ponderay, Idaho. 

The National Weather Service says snow in the North Idaho Panhandle will taper off early Tuesday afternoon. One to two inches of accumulating snow is expected in the area. 

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Snow is also falling at mountain passes, including Sherman Pass in north-central Washington, on Tuesday morning. NWS expects snow to continue falling in the area until early Tuesday afternoon.

The state Department of Transportation says compact snow and ice are covering the roads at the pass and recommends traction tires. Drivers, hikers and hunters should also expect wintry conditions at Blewett, Stevens, Lookout and Loup Loup Passes.

Much of the widespread snow and rain in northeastern Washington and North Idaho will shift to southeastern Washington and north-central Idaho by Tuesday afternoon, NWS said.

Full forecast: Rainy Tuesday in Spokane with snow in northern Washington, Idaho

KREM’s Evan Noorani says two to three inches are possible over the northern valleys on Tuesday.

Wet weather is expected to clear out by the end of the day, but temperatures will be a bit colder in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday include a chance of rain, but specifics are unknown.

An Air Stagnation Advisory was previously in effect until noon on Tuesday, but it has since expired as precipitation helps to improve the air quality. 

It snowed three times in Spokane during a record-breaking cold October. Tuesday is the first time the Spokane area has seen snowfall in November 2019. 

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