Snow Not Letting Up Anytime Soon

SPOKANE — What’s already been a snowy winter in the Inland Northwest is getting wetter, as another dose of snowfall covered the region Monday morning and is expected to continue until well into the week.

The National Weather Service predicted one to three inches of new precipitation for the whole of Monday however that figure might turn out to be a little low. Heavy snowflakes fell on Spokane Monday morning with the possibility of more snowfall late in the day and a spotter in Grant County measured four inches of new snow.

In fact, conditions are set to intensify Tuesday, after a Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for most of the region Monday night. NWS is saying there’s a 100 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday, with new snow accumulations falling in the three to five inch range.

Snow is likely to continue falling through Wednesday morning, while steady snowfall should be accompanied by steady temperatures through midweek. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the low 30s throughout Monday and into the next couple days.

Meanwhile, the Snow Advisory that was in effect Monday for Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas will be lifted by 4 p.m., followed by a break in precipitation.

Then, a Winter Storm Watch goes into effect at 10 p.m. Monday night as a stronger storm enters the area, accompanied by winds at 10 mph or more, meaning blowing snow and potentially dangerous driving conditions could accompany your morning commute by midweek.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel.

The second storm to grip the area is a strong cold and moist Pacific storm system that will spread light snow over the region Tuesday morning and intensify Tuesday night and Wednesday, with heavy snow accumulations possible in both the mountains and the low-lying areas of the Inland Northwest.