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More snow on the way

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Another winter storm is approaching the Pacific Northwest, and it will be spreading more snow across the area tonight into Saturday morning. This system will drag some warmer air into parts of south-central Washington and that will mean that the snow will mix with and change to rain over the Lower Columbia Basin and parts of the Yakima Valley later tonight, which will limit the snow accumulations. In general there may be an inch or two around the Yakima area tonight, with less than an inch for the Tri Cities. Around Spokane the snow should accumulate to about 3 inches, with some of the hilltops getting up to 4 inches by noon Saturday. The heaviest snow will fall over the mountains and valleys of northeast Washington and the northern end of the Idaho Panhandle. Once the snow tapers off on Saturday we should have quiet weather until Sunday evening, when another system brings more snow and rain to the are into Monday.

Warnings, Watches and Advisories. A Heavy Snow Warning is in effect for tonight and Saturday for Northeastern Washington, including Stevens, Pend Oreille and extreme northern Spokane Counties, along with Bonner, Boundary and northern Kootenai Counties in Idaho. A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect over the Bitterroot and Clearwater Mountains of Idaho. A Snow Advisory is in effect for tonight for the Okanogan Highlands and Okanogan Valley, along with the east slopes of the northern Cascades.

Hazards: Snow and slick travel conditions developing tonight and into Saturday morning.

Brian Albrecht