SPOKANE — Already dealing with one of the snowiest Novembers on record, the Spokane region braced for a new storm expected to drop up to 8 inches of snow on the city today.
The National Weather Service said the new storm will also dump up to 2 feet of snow in the Cascade Range. Rain and winds were forecast for the lowlands of Western Washington.
A winter storm warning was in effect from early this morning until Wednesday morning for areas of Eastern Washington, including Spokane, Colville and Pullman. Forecasters expected 4 to 8 inches of snow in those areas.
“Travel on roadways will become difficult as roads become increasingly snow-covered,” the Weather Service said.
Spokane has already had more snow than the 13.7 inches recorded all of last winter. Mayor Mary Verner has declared a snow emergency, and city plows were working 24 hours a day to clear streets.
The storms could have an impact on Saturday’s Apple Cup football showdown between Washington and Washington State in Pullman. Several inches of snow are on the ground in Pullman, with more expected this week.
The game is the latest the Apple Cup has ever been played. The Saturday forecast is for highs in the low 30s, lows in the 20s and a 30 percent chance of snow showers.