Weekend weather: More snow and rain followed by sun

Weekend weather: More snow and rain followed by sun

As the cold front crosses the area on Friday, temperatures will fall below freezing, changing rain to freezing rain and snow.

The winter weather really ramps up Thursday into Friday, the Weather Service said. Mixed precipitation will create hard travel conditions.

Past year more than 61 inches of snow fell on Spokane in the winter.

Urban and poor drainage flooding, especially where snow is clogging drains.

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Winds will also increase through those regions, potentially producing blizzard conditions in parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, western Iowa and Minnesota. Along with the snowfall, blowing and drifting snow could make travel hazardous with near blizzard like conditions. "We still anticipate a Northwest Alabama into Middle Tennessee event; however, there is enough "wiggle room" that light accumulations (less than 2") are possible as far southeast as Interstate 59 in Etowah and DeKalb Counties. While rain has already swept across a large portion of the Lower 48, the second system is said to bring colder temps with Colorado seeing up to 12 inches in the next 24 hours. Blowing and drifting is possible on Marias Pass.

Thursday, rain and freezing rain is likely, possibly mixed with snow before 11 a.m., then snow is likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain between 11 a.m. and noon.

A strip of moderate snow totals (locally 6 inches or more) is possible over the High Plains of eastern Montana, as well as a swath from eastern Nebraska to northwest Iowa, Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of MI.

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