Snow, rain to keep falling

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A dwarf hemlock leans under its snow load this week.

January 24, 2013 10:11 a.m. - Updated: 4:29 p.m.

Snow and rain remain in the Inland Northwest forecast for the next several days.

A series of weak storms are expected over the region starting tonight.

Snow is likely between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., but less than a half inch is expected.

That will be followed by a chance of rain or snow on Friday.

The trend continues through Saturday as a series of storms moves onshore from the Pacific Ocean. Colder air arrives on Sunday, ensuring that any precipitation falls as snow from Sunday through at least Wednesday.

Highs will be in the middle 30s initially, but dropping to the lower 30s by Sunday. Lows will go from the lower 30s to upper 20s by Sunday.

Precipitation amounts will be light through the period.

Higher air pressure rebounds off the West Coast, creating a northwesterly flow on the back side of the high. Lighter amounts of precipitation are expected to slide along the eastern side of the high pressure ridge during the coming week, but the northwesterly flow will keep temperatures near of below freezing.

Spokane International Airport recorded a half inch of snow on Wednesday with 0.12 inches of precipitation, which was a combination of rain and melted snow and sleet.

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