Thursday storm likely will bring Spokane's largest snow of the winter so far

<p><p>After little snowfall Tuesday, a large storm is forecast to move into the Spokane area late Wednesday night, dropping the largest snowfall so far this winter. </p></p><p><p>The National Weather Service Spokane issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon.</p></p><p><p>The storm is expected to drop 4 to 7 inches of snow in Spokane. Coeur d’Alene could see a few more inches than that, said Joey Clevenger, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Spokane.</p></p><p><p>The winter storm watch said snowfall could reach 12 inches closer to the mountains.</p></p><p><p>The weather will likely remain mild during the day Wednesday, with the storm moving into the Spokane area late that night.</p></p><p><p>“You might not see much by the time you go to bed Wednesday night, but you’ll see it when you get up Thursday morning,” Clevenger said.</p></p><p><p>Snow should fall through Thursday afternoon, affecting both the morning and evening commutes, Clevenger said.</p></p><p><p>“Give yourself extra time during the commute time frames,” he said.</p></p><p><p>Spokane Public Schools will work with Durham School Services, which operates school bus service for the district, to determine if school will be canceled or delayed, according to a Facebook post by the district.</p></p><p><p>Families and employees will be notified of cancellations or delays by 6 a.m., the district said.</p></p><p><p>After multiple mountain pass closures this week, the department of transportation recommended delaying trips across passes, specifically Snoqualmie Pass, according to the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>department’s social media posts</a>. Interstate 90 westbound near Ellensburg was closed as of about 7 p.m. Tuesday because of weather and multiple collisions. There was no estimated time for reopening.</p></p><p><p>Snoqualmie Pass has received the highest snowfall in 20 years as of Monday, according to the Associated Press.</p></p><p><p>The Washington State Department of Transportation says by Monday afternoon, 236 inches of snow was recorded, more than the 229 inches by Jan. 3 recorded in 2007 and 212 inches in 2004.</p></p><p><p>On Monday, blowing snow closed Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, AP reported.</p></p><p><p>The state’s main east-west highway was closed much of the day due to zero visibility and avalanche concerns, but state transportation officials said it reopened around 8 p.m. Monday.</p></p><p><p>The last time Spokane saw such a significant snowfall of about 7 inches was in January 2020.</p></p><p><p>That storm caused schools across the region to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>cancel classes – and more than 100 traffic collisions</a>.</p></p><p><p>“We typically get one or two events like this a year where we get a decent amount of snow in a 24-hour period,” Clevenger said.</p></p><p><p>The storm should bring warmer air, raising the low temperature Thursday night to 32 degrees.</p></p><p><p>Another break for the Spokane area should come over the weekend, with little or no snowfall and highs in the low 30s, according to the National Weather Service.</p></p><p><p>Tuesday morning, crews still were working to clear snow from the last storm.</p></p><p><p><a href=”” target=”_blank”>Highways and mountain passes were closed Monday</a> due to extreme weather, but with little snowfall overnight most passes were open Tuesday.</p></p><p><p>Stevens and Snoqualmie passes were open Tuesday but had snow and ice on the road.</p></p><p><p><em>S-R reporter Garrett Cabeza contributed to this report.</em></p></p>