Wind gusts topping 50 mph expected to hit Spokane on Monday

<p><p>From Staff reports</p></p><p><p>Wind gusts of 50 mph are forecast to rush through the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region on Monday, ushering in colder temperatures.</p></p><p><p>Such gusts may not be widespread, but they are concerning, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joey Clevenger of a wind advisory posted Friday afternoon.</p></p><p><p>“That’s what our main focus is,” he said.</p></p><p><p>November has been wet and temperate so far, with just a skiff of snow in some low-lying areas and heavier accumulations in the mountains.</p></p><p><p>Clevenger said rainfall through Thursday, according to measurements taken at Spokane International Airport, was 0.94 inches. That’s 0.23 inches above normal for the first 11 days of the month.</p></p><p><p>After Thursday and Friday’s soaking, clearing skies and pleasant temperatures are forecast for Saturday.</p></p><p><p>Then sustained winds of 20 mph arrive on Sunday, with some gusts reaching 40 mph.</p></p><p><p>On Monday, it could get dicey with stronger winds and the forecasted gusts topping 50 mph. For homes and businesses, that means the possibility of some downed trees and scattered power outages.</p></p><p><p>If the gusts top 55 mph, according to the weather service, the possibility of widespread power outages and downed trees increases.</p></p><p><p>Looking ahead to the travel forecast for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, Clevenger said the 8-to-14-day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is leaning toward warmer than average temperatures with highs in the low to mid-40s.</p></p><p><p>The possibility for snow in the mountains is above average, he said, noting that such longer term forecasts often change.</p></p>