Weather alerts issued for the region, as wet winter storm continues

Weather alerts issued for the region, as wet winter storm continues
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The National Weather Service issued two weather alerts around the region Tuesday, as a wet winter storm continues to impact the region. The current local forecast calls for more snow and gusty winds. Low to moderate snowfall is expected for the valley floor, and heavier snowfall is forecasted for the mountains.

NWS Spokane issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday for most of the region, including Moscow. Driving conditions may be impacted, especially the evening commute. The forecast estimates snow accumulations at about 2-4 inches.

Areas including Spokane, Cheney, Pullman, and surrounding areas are under the same advisory, in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. These areas could get accumulate up to 1-2 inches of snow. Snow may turn to rain Tuesday afternoon.

There is also a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday, for a majority of the region. Heavy snow is expected for areas including Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, where accumulations may get up to 3-5 inches.

If you’re traveling to Leavenworth, the Winter Storm Warning in the area will extend to 4 a.m. Wednesday. Around 3-7 inches of snow is expected to accumulate on the valley floor, and there is potential for up to 12-28 inches of snowfall in the mountains. Wind gusts may reach up to 35 mph.

Areas in North Idaho are also under a Winter Storm Warning, including Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Colville, Deer Park, and Schweitzer Mountain Road. These areas may accumulate up to 5-10 inches of snow on the valley floor, and mountains could receive 1-2 feet of snow.

A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions due to snow, that may make travel hazardous. A Winter Weather Advisory, is similar, but less severe. This advisory means periods of snow can cause travel difficulties.

For the latest road conditions, you can call 511 or visit WSDOT.

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