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Clouds Today, Rain Friday

Clouds Today, Rain Friday

This pesky low will be on  the move till Saturday and out of our area, that means a drier weekend for your Memorial Day plans. Highs in the low 60's through Friday with rain showers expected. Mid 60's Saturday and drier with better conditions Sunday and Monday.

Another round of rain moves in Tuesday and Wednesday.

A reminder from your Coast Guard and Sheriff's Marine Division, the water is dangerously cold and make sure your boat has all safety gear including whistles on all life jackets.

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Remember to keep your pets safe as weather warms

Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, and with the onset of warm weather across the region Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service reminds us to keep our pets safe in the heat.

"Every summer, we respond to calls of animals being left in cars," says Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS. "Inside a car, the temperature will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period - sometimes with fatal consequences."

If you typically bring your dog or other pets along for the car ride consider leaving them home when temperatures rise. Dogs aren't able to sweat to cool themselves down so it doesn't take much for them to overheat. Cracking a window while you run into the store isn't enough to keep them healthy.

"The temperature outside doesn't have to be in the 90's or more for a problem to exist," says Hill, "On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees, and hit a scorching 160 degree if parked in the sun."

Eventful weekend on tap at Silver Mountain

Eventful weekend on tap at Silver Mountain

 

Silver Mountain, which is looking forward to an eventful weekend, was the benefactor of five inches of snow on Powder Thursday.

On Friday, the resort is celebrating its 44th birthday celebration. “Ski and ride for only $12 on this special day and come share some stories of the early days at the Jackass Ski Bowl and Silverhorn,” the resort's website read.

Also available on Friday is a Ski-Surf-Scarf deal: For $39 one gets a lift ticket, waterpark pass and a food and drink voucher for current college students. If you miss out this Friday, have no fear, this deal is available every Friday.

If you want to make a weekend at the mountain, on Saturday there will be the USASA Boarder/Skier Cross, when “The region's best skiers and boarders compete on a wild course filled with twists, jumps and gates.”

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow

 

There are several things to consider when Mother Nature dumps a half-foot of snow on the area.

PETA sent out several tips Monday for pet owners and animal-conscious citizens, because “dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.”

Here are some of PETA's tips:

  • Keep animals indoors. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.

Local ski resorts all hoping to open this weekend

Local ski resorts all hoping to open this weekend

The smell of turkey and stuffing is in the air, and that means the ski and snowboard season is nearly upon us.  Interested in hitting the slopes this holiday weekend?  It’s still a little touch and go.  At least one local resort will DEFINITELY be open this weekend; others are just waiting to see how much snow falls over the next 48 hours.  Here’s the latest, as of Wednesday afternoon:

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT:  OPENS SATURDAY, NOV.  24th.  Schweitzer’s website says “The current plan is to run Musical Chairs and the Basin Express lifts from 9am-3:30pm.  Lift tickets will be $40.  Sunday-Friday Season Passes will be valid on Saturday.  There will be some features set up in the Terrain Garden.  Busing and Parking will be free this weekend.  The shuttle will run on the mid-week schedule.“

First big mountain, foothills snow coming in

First big mountain, foothills snow coming in

Winter Storm Watches/Warnings/Advisories have been issued. The above image shows the snowfall totals for Monday evening through Tuesday.

Snow levels Monday evening will begin around 4 thousand feet, but will fall to the valley floors overnight over many areas.

The highest totals are expected to be over the mountains of the Idaho panhandle and northeast Washington.

The eastern slopes of Cascades can also expect accumulating snow. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, or anybody with outdoor plans beginning Monday evening should prepare for changing weather conditions and prepare accordingly.

"Blue moon" scheduled for Friday evening

"Blue moon" scheduled for Friday evening

Strange things always seem to happen on full moons, but what about an additional full moon on the same month? That's called a blue moon. Sorry to disappoint you, but technically - it's not blue.

Because lunar events are not aligned with our calendar months, sometimes the 29.5 cycle resets. We already had a pre-funk earlier this month, a full moon on August 1. History is now is repeating itself this Friday, August 31.

It will be awhile the next time you see two full moons in the same month. You'll have to wait until July 2015. The skies are expected to be clear, so don't stand alone this Friday. Grab a love of your own and check out the night sky.