Wind advisory issued for Inland Northwest
February 22, 2013 2:43 p.m. - Updated: 5:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a wind advisory for the Inland Northwest starting at 4 p.m. for gusts approaching 40 to 50 mph.
The advisory continues through 4 p.m. on Saturday and covers the southern two-thirds of Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
In Spokane, gusts are expected to reach 37 mph tonight. Sustained southwest winds will be in the range of 20 to 25 mph. Wind gusts to 29 mph are expected on Saturday before the winds die down.
Some parts of the region could see gusts to 50 mph.
Winds were already gusting to 36 mph at the airport at 5 p.m., and 29 mph at Felts Field in east Spokane.
The wind arrives in the wake of a cold front that is bringing moderate to heavy precipitation across the region. Snow was accumulating at higher elevations.
Heavy snow was falling at Lookout Pass on Interstate 90 in Idaho. Snow was also reported at Fourth of July Summit in Idaho.
Spokane International Airport reported 0.20 inches of precipitation today through 4 p.m.
A winter storm warning remained in effect today for the mountain regions of Northeast Washington, North Idaho and the Blue Mountains in southeast Washington.
The roadway at Snoqualmie Pass was bare and wet, with new snow along the road.
Both Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 and Stevens Pass on U.S. Highway 2 were closed earlier today for avalanche control and then reopened.