More snow in forecast for tonight

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Smokey Bear says more snow is in the forecast.

January 28, 2013 10:27 a.m. - Updated: 6:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service downgraded its snow forecast for tonight. It now says that the Spokane area could receive no more than an inch of snow tonight. Earlier today, the forecast was for 1 to 2 inches and more in the Palouse and Central Idaho Panhandle regions.

But another inch of snow is expected Tuesday night, forecasters said this afternoon.

A winter storm warning was issued for areas from southern Spokane County into the Central Idaho Panhandle. That warning includes the Coeur d’Alene area.

Snow showers are expected through the day with another 2 to 4 inches of snow possible tonight in the Palouse region.

Tuesday night might bring an additional 2 to 4 inches to the Palouse.

West winds to 25 mph on Tuesday could blow the Palouse snow into drifts, forecasters said.

Coeur d’Alene could see 1 to 2 inches tonight.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of Spokane County, but areas to the north are no longer in the advisory area, including far North Idaho.

Showers of snow or rain remain in the forecast through Thursday with highs in the lower 30s and lows in the middle and upper 20s.

The weather systems are approaching from the northwest, but are encountering an unstable pool of cold air to the northeast, which is enhancing the storm potential, forecasters said.

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