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Thanksgiving forecast: A break from rain and snow in the Inland Northwest

Wet weather stays in the forecast through Wednesday for the Inland Northwest. Dry weather will come just in time for the holiday.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Thanksgiving week is a tale of two forecasts for the Inland Northwest. A rather active pattern at the beginning of the week will be replaced by a break in the action as the holiday draws near.

The pattern starts to shift early Wednesday morning as a cold front exits the region. A few showers are possible as wind picks up and brings about a shift in the weather pattern. Early-morning precipitation made for nasty conditions heading over mountain passes.

A weak ridge building in Thursday will be enough to dry out most of the Inland Northwest. Temperatures are expected to sit in the 30s. 

There is the chance of some high-elevation snow in a few locations, but it won't be much and should stay far north.

Clouds will stick around on both Thursday and Friday. There should be enough ridging to give us a little sunshine come Thanksgiving Day but temperatures will stay a bit cooler. Anyone looking to get in a Turkey Trot or similar pre-feast jog should bundle up. 

The next weather-maker arrives Saturday. That one should keep snow in high elevation areas. For the most part, weather impacts this week will be minimal.

Anyone traveling up and over any mountain passes should keep an eye on the weather pre-Thanksgiving and the Saturday after as those will see the greatest impact from our current weather pattern.