No weather issues to report on this MLK Day. Lots of sunshine has been enjoyable even with temperatures staying on the cool side. So patchy fog is possible Tuesday morning, but nothing out of the ordinary for this area in January.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued for far northeastern Washington and the higher elevations of Idaho along the Idaho/Montana boarder. These locations will see about 3-7" of snow in the valleys and up to 14" of snow on the mountain peaks mainly Tuesday night with the highest elevations of Idaho seeing snow through Wednesday night.
Spokane and Coeur d'Alene is not exempt from seeing snow. In fact my forecast is for about 2" snow in Spokane, and about 2-5" for Coeur d'Alene. This will likely lead to some Winter Weather Advisories issued by Tuesday morning.
The timing of this weather system will start as snow after 3pm in the Columbia Basin (save for locations like Moses Lake and southward who will only see rain). Spokane will see snow start around 5pm or so. It'll snow for a number of hours until about 11pm or midnight when the snow changes to rain because of warming temperatures. Most of the precipitation will be finished Wednesday morning save of locations east of Coeur d'Alene. But Wednesday afternoon's weather will be rain in the valleys and continuing snow on the mountain tops and passes.
Beyond this weather system, no more rain and precipitation expected for the rest of the week. Many mornings will see patchy fog.
- KREM 2 Meteorologist Thomas Patrick