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Current Conditions

  • 32°
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW 5 mph
  • Humidity: 100%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 32°
  • Pressure: 30.03 in. +
  • Heat Index: 28

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5 Day Forecast

  • Thursday
  • Snow
  • High: 36 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Snow
  • Friday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 39 °
  • Low: 34 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Saturday
  • Rain
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 30 °
  • Rain
  • Sunday
  • Snow
  • High: 36 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Snow
  • Monday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Chance of Snow

Forecast for Sandpoint, Idaho

Updated: 7:00 PM PST on November 20, 2014

Air stagnation advisory in effect until noon PST Friday...
  • Thursday

    Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow in the afternoon. High of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 90%.

  • Thursday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow, then a chance of snow after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

  • Friday

    Overcast with a chance of snow and rain, then rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 39F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of precipitation 90% .

  • Friday Night

    Overcast with rain. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 28F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.6 in. possible.

  • Saturday

    Overcast with a chance of snow and rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 41F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%.

  • Saturday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 30F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

  • Sunday

    Overcast with snow. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70%.

  • Sunday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Monday

    Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 37F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of precipitation 40% .

  • Monday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Overcast with a chance of snow. Fog early. High of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

  • Tuesday Night

    Overcast. Fog overnight. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 39F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday

    Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 36F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday

    Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday

    Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 23F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Clear. Fog early. High of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Winter Storm Warning  Statement as of 2:49 PM PST on November 20, 2014


... Winter Storm Warning in effect from noon Friday to 6 PM PST
Saturday above 4000 feet...

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Winter Storm
Warning above 4000 feet for heavy snow... which is in effect from
noon Friday to 6 PM PST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no
longer in effect.

* Locations... schweitzer Mountain Road... flowery trail Road.

* Snow level... snow will initially reach valley floors Friday
afternoon with minor accumulations. Snow levels will rise
Friday night to 3000 feet but may stay on valley floors near the
Canadian border.

* Snow accumulations... 8 to 15 inches above 4000 feet. Valley
snow accumulations especially near the Canadian border could
reach 1 to 3 inches by Saturday morning.

* Timing... steady snow will begin Friday afternoon and continue
through much of Saturday.

* Impacts... snow covered roads will make travel difficult or
impossible over higher elevation roadways.


* Hazard elevation... above 4000 feet.

* Web page: for a detailed view of the hazard area visit
http://www.Wrh.NOAA.Gov/wrh/whv/?Wfo=otx.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means significant amounts
of snow are expected or occurring. Snow accumulations will make
travel very hazardous or impossible.







 Air Stagnation Advisory  Statement as of 11:05 am PST on November 20, 2014


... Air stagnation advisory remains in effect until noon PST
Friday...

* air quality... light winds and stable conditions will increase
the potential for the build up of pollutants near the surface.

* Timing... continuing through noon Friday.

* Counties included... boundary... Bonner... Kootenai... Benewah...
Shoshone... Okanogan... Ferry... Stevens... Pend Oreille...
Chelan... Douglas... Grant... Lincoln... Adams... Spokane...
Whitman... Garfield... and Asotin counties.

* Communities included... Bonners Ferry... Sandpoint... Coeur
D'Alene... Kellogg... St Maries... Spokane... Colville... Republic
   ... Grand Coulee... Moses Lake... Wenatchee... and Waterville.

* Impacts... prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold fine
particulates close to the ground and degrade air quality.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

An air stagnation advisory indicates that due to limited movement
of an air mass across the advisory area... pollution has the
potential to increase to dangerous levels. Persons with
respiratory illness should follow their physicians advice for
dealing with high levels of air pollution.





Personal Weather Stations

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Location: Sandpoint U of I, Sandpoint, ID

Updated: 5:50 PM PST

Temperature: 31.5 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: 88% Wind: SSW at 2.0 mph Pressure: 27.73 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 32 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest SAMUEL ID US UPR, Sandpoint, ID

Updated: 4:25 PM PST

Temperature: 32 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 32 °F Graphs

Location: Selle Valley, Sandpoint, ID

Updated: 5:59 PM PST

Temperature: 29.2 °F Dew Point: 28 °F Humidity: 95% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.14 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 29 °F Graphs

Location: Solar Roadways, Sagle, ID

Updated: 5:57 PM PST

Temperature: 30.6 °F Dew Point: 30 °F Humidity: 97% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.10 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 31 °F Graphs

Location: Sagle near Round Lake, Sagle, ID

Updated: 5:55 PM PST

Temperature: 30.4 °F Dew Point: 29 °F Humidity: 95% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.11 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 30 °F Graphs

Location: Cocolalla, ID KG7CSG, Cocolalla, ID

Updated: 5:45 PM PST

Temperature: 31.1 °F Dew Point: 28 °F Humidity: 89% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.01 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 31 °F Graphs

Location: East River, Priest River, ID

Updated: 5:09 PM PST

Temperature: 33.1 °F Dew Point: 29 °F Humidity: 84% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.17 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 33 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest SHILOH ID US UPR, Bonners Ferry, ID

Updated: 5:05 PM PST

Temperature: 29 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 29 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest CLGSTN ID US UPR, Spirit Lake, ID

Updated: 4:10 PM PST

Temperature: 30 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 30 °F Graphs

Location: 4300' above Sandpoint, ID

Updated: 4:50 PM AKST

Temperature: 23.1 °F Dew Point: 22 °F Humidity: 95% Wind: West at 6.0 mph Pressure: 29.99 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 16 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Spokane Washington 
345 PM PST Thursday Nov 20 2014 


Synopsis... 
a relatively quiet and cool overnight period with a few snow 
showers over the north will give way to a sharp deterioration in 
the weather on Friday as a strong and moist Pacific storm brings 
valley rain and mountain snow Friday night followed by very windy 
conditions on Saturday. An active and periodically wet weather 
regime will continue through the next week. 


&& 


Discussion... 
tonight...a rather mushy but somewhat benign night is in store 
fro the region. Satellite and radar indicate the exiting storm 
band that brought light snow to the region on track to move off 
to the east early this evening. Meanwhile the next minor trough is 
diving into California with a weak northern branch wave scuttling 
into southern British Columbia. Models suggest a weak and 
shearing wave will exist between these two dynamic centers and 
will transit the region tonight...but the weakening nature of this 
system should bring little beyond a few snow showers concentrated 
over the northeastern zones late tonight. Once again fog and the 
potential fro some freezing drizzle will exist in the deep basin 
where stubborn Arctic air is pooling in these low elevations. 


Friday through Saturday...latest models are in good agreement and 
consistent with bringing a very moist and very dynamic wave 
through the region during this period. A strong warm front will 
make short work of the leftover and now modified Arctic air over 
the eastern half of the forecast area with snow levels expected to 
rise to the 4000 foot region. In the west the cold air will be 
slower to scrub and snow levels will stay low through much of this 
event...perhaps all of it in the northern Cascade valleys and the 
Okanogan Valley. Snow levels will rise...but not as aggressively 
over the southern portions of the deep basin...leading to the 
likelihood of at least minimal warning criteria accumulating snow 
on the Waterville Plateau. The southern valleys such as the 
Wenatchee River Valley will see some snow but amounts will be 
overall fairly light. The Cascade mountains above 3000 to 4000 
feet will get hammered with snow with a 12 hour period of moist 
isentropic lift augmented by upslope southeasterly low level flow. 
All the existing winter storm watches will be upgraded to warnings 
with the afternoon package...as well as adding the Okanogan and 
Waterville Plateau to the highlight mix. 


Beginning Friday morning the isentropic moistening process 
will promote increasing clouds...with light snow beginning over 
the northern zones in the early afternoon. By Friday evening an 
almost Universal field of valley rain and mountain snow will 
envelop the region...except for the aforementioned north 
Cascades/Okanogan where snow will continue as the dominant 
meteor. 


A strong cold front will rip through the region Saturday morning 
largely ending precipitation in the Cascades Lee but promoting 
enhanced upslope snow showers into the Idaho Panhandle mountains. 
The big story on Saturday will be very windy conditions especially 
over the eastern basin exposed terrain with gust potential picked 
off of model sounding mixed layers up to 45 or 50 mph. Saturday 
will be a well mixed day with much milder temperatures than we 
have grown accustomed to. /Fugazzi 


Saturday night through Monday night: in the wake of saturday's 
cold front, the breezy afternoon winds will gradually subside 
overnight. Don't see a great push of dry air behind this front. We 
should have clearing skies in most places. This will allow 
temperatures to drop sharply, especially in the northern valleys. 
Then fog and stratus will form overnight and persist into Sunday 
morning. The northwesterly flow is very unstable so the Panhandle 
mountains will continue to pile up snow Saturday night. 


By Sunday, another Pacific system will quickly clip across the 
area. Due to the strong westerly flow, the Cascades and Panhandle 
will be favored with this system. Spokane Metro area could see 
a little snow Sunday morning but will change to rain in the 
afternoon. 


Confidence is much lower for monday's event. The models really 
diverge from each other on track and timing so I have about as 
much chance of being wrong as right on the forecast. Went with 
likely wording for the Cascades/Panhandle and chance wording 
elsewhere. As usual, Highway 2/I-90 will be the dividing line 
between rain and snow. Rj 


Tuesday through thanksgiving: this portion of the forecast is 
quite complicated, which is important because it envelops one of 
the busiest travels days of the year. Unfortunately, the models 
are having a hard time coming to some agreement, which makes this, 
unfortunately, a low confidence forecast. There is some higher 
confidence for Tuesday, as a shortwave traversed the region in 
northwest flow. This will bring better chances of precipitation to 
the Cascades, and the higher terrain of northeast Washington and 
the Idaho Panhandle. It was happens after Tuesday where things get 
all mucked up. The Euro model has stuck to its GUNS, carving out a 
larger trough over much of the US, keeping the inland northwest on 
the western edge of the cold air mass. The GFS keeps any 
influence of the cold air mass well to the east, instead building 
a ridge of high pressure over the region. This ridge is more 
amplified than it's previous solutions. So, all in all, we didn't 
stray much from the previous forecasts, which weighted towards the 
more consistent solution (colder). While this would bring snow 
levels into the valleys, the north-northwesterly flow does not 
look like it will have a ton of moisture to work with. Lots of 
fine-tuning will be made to this portion of the forecast for sure. 
TY 


&& 


Aviation... 
00z tafs: MVFR ceilings and vis will be common over the region 
through tonight as a moist boundary layer and light winds exists 
under a strong low level inversion...with IFR conditions likely 
redeveloping mainly at the kmwh and kgeg vicinity taf sites 
overnight. On Friday an approaching Pacific storm system will 
spread thickening clouds over the region as a warm front develops. 
MVFR ceilings will probably remain common across the Columbia 
Basin except fro klws where VFR conditions are expected. Light 
snow or rain may begin at the keat taf site during the afternoon. 
/Mjf 




&& 


Preliminary point temps/pops... 
Spokane 28 37 36 43 30 40 / 20 30 100 30 20 60 
Coeur D'Alene 30 39 36 42 31 39 / 30 50 100 50 30 70 
Pullman 29 41 36 43 34 42 / 10 10 100 70 40 60 
Lewiston 32 44 40 48 36 47 / 10 10 100 70 30 50 
Colville 25 37 34 44 20 38 / 30 70 100 50 10 60 
Sandpoint 29 37 35 41 29 37 / 50 70 100 70 30 70 
Kellogg 31 37 36 39 32 36 / 40 50 100 80 60 80 
Moses Lake 24 36 35 48 30 46 / 10 50 100 10 10 30 
Wenatchee 30 35 35 47 34 45 / 10 80 100 10 10 40 
Omak 30 35 33 45 27 39 / 10 90 100 20 10 40 


&& 


Otx watches/warnings/advisories... 
Idaho...air stagnation advisory until noon PST Friday for central 
Panhandle mountains-Coeur D'Alene area-Idaho Palouse- 
northern Panhandle. 


Winter Storm Warning from noon Friday to 6 PM PST Saturday for 
northern Panhandle. 


Winter Storm Warning from noon Friday to 6 am PST Sunday for 
central Panhandle mountains. 


Washington...air stagnation advisory until noon PST Friday for east slopes 
northern Cascades-lower Garfield and Asotin counties-Moses 
Lake area-northeast mountains-Okanogan Highlands-Spokane 
area-upper Columbia Basin-Washington Palouse-Waterville 
Plateau-Wenatchee area. 


Winter Storm Warning from noon Friday to 6 am PST Saturday for 
east slopes northern Cascades-Okanogan Highlands-Okanogan 
Valley-Waterville Plateau. 


Winter Storm Warning from noon Friday to 6 PM PST Saturday for 
northeast mountains. 


&& 


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