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Rain, run off and snow melt hitting Bonner County

Rain, run off and snow melt hitting Bonner County

The rain keeps falling and the calls keep coming in to the Bonner County Administration office as heavy run off and snow melt is causing havoc on the roadways in North Idaho.

Most of Bonner County emergency management director Bob Howard's problems right now are on county roads.

"With frost and mud and plugged culverts and storm water systems that won't drain it builds up water and water goes over the road ways," said Howard.

A backed up culvert caused flooding at the Ponderay Mobile Home Park Sunday. The water is now back down but in other areas of the county some driveways are close to impassible. For now it looks worse than it is.

"Inconvenience and road hazard. There's no major damage," said Howard.

Howard says snow melt will likely happen for the next couple weeks. Streams and rivers will be pushing their banks. The very cold water dangerous for anyone trying to wade across. The same goes for low clearance cars; it's better to find a way around than get stuck or swept down stream, something to watch out for every year around this time.

"We've had lighter years and we've had worse years so this is kind of a moderate," said Howard.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Light snow is forecast through the weekend in the Inland Northwest where temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until next week.

Forecasters say this week's frigid temperatures in Washington should moderate slowly through the weekend and return to a normal weather pattern next week.

The National Weather Service says another inch or two of snow is likely Friday night and Saturday in southwest Washington, south of Tacoma, when weak systems run into lingering cold air.

In Western Washington, forecasters say rain will return next week with highs in the 40s.

Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air blowing into the Inland Northwest prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for the Spokane region for Wednesday morning.

Forecasters expect temperatures around zero with 10 mph to 20 mph winds, which could create a wind chill of 20 below -- enough to freeze exposed skin.

Forecasters also say cold temperatures could set records in Western Washington between Wednesday and Friday. Highs Wednesday -- when the Seahawks parade in Seattle -- and Thursday are forecast in the 30s. Seattle's record low maximum for Feb. 5 is 34 (1989) and Feb. 6 is 37 (1949).

The Weather Service says the cold should start to ease by the weekend when precipitation arrives, probably starting as snow. Forecasters say temperatures should return to normal next week.

Keeping animals safe in cold weather

Keeping animals safe in cold weather

From Washington State University:

Unseasonably cold weather is forecast for eastern Washington into next week, with highs below freezing and lows in the single digits. Keep pets and outdoor animals safe with these tips from the veterinary college at Washington State University:


Snow, but not enough yet...

Snow, but not enough yet...

Recent wet weather with cold air aloft has added to some snow on the mountains hinting that winter will one day actually arrive.

The above picture is Mt. Spokane’s historic Vista House. Located at the summit of the mountain, just a few steps away from the top of Chair 1 The Vista House was constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Below a shot of snow on Schweitzer, which also has snow making equipment when the cold weather sets in and stays.

Early predictions are calling for lots of snow this winter...stay tuned as we take a long look at this later in the fall season.