Storm Brings Winter in Early to Northwest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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A new winter storm has arrived in Washington state about 24 hours before the season formally begins.

The National Weather Service says the storm will bring winds gusting to 90 mph to communities in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Meteorologist says the storm could bring anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of new snow across the state. Spokane already has had 25 inches of snow during the past three days.

In Oregon, forecasters preduct wind gusts up to 60 mph and widespread heavy snowfall. Portland could get up to 10 inches while
up to 2 feet is possible in the Cascade Range and the wester Columbia Gorge.

Farther east, officials in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are asking residents and business owners to clear off sidewalks before more snow arrives.

The storm earlier this week broke records, dumping nearly 3 feet of snow in the Coeur d'Alene region. Meteorologists predict more heavy snow will hit the area late today.

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