Wednesday storm will bring wind and rain – Matt

SPOKANE, Wash.– After a couple of pretty nice days, the weather is going back to cool, dreary, and wet for the rest of the week. Skies will stay on the cloudy side tonight with low temperatures in the 40s.

Rain will show up overnight around the Cascades, but won’t make it to Spokane until the late morning. The best chance of showers will be around lunchtime with some hit-or-miss showers in the late afternoon and evening. Temperatures will only be in the upper 50s, but will fell chillier thanks to strong winds out of the southwest.

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Winds will gust over 40 mph at times around the Columbia Basin. A Blowing Dust Advisory is in place for Garfield, Lincoln, Adams, and Douglas counties. Watch for low visibility out on our highways in Central Washington.

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Once the wind dies down, we’ll be watching on Wednesday night and Thursday morning for mountain snow and travel disruptions at the passes. All of our passes have a chance to see at least a dusting, but the North Cascades Highway and Stevens Pass should see the most, at least a few inches of accumulations by 9 a.m. Thursday.

It’s also time to cover the plants again. Frost is possible on Thursday and Friday mornings with temperatures down in the middle 30s in many parts of the Inland Northwest.

So far the weekend looks better, but there will still be a slight chance of rain come time for the Lilac Festival Parade.

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