Mountain areas to receive heavy snow
Moderate and heavy snow is expected tonight and Tuesday in the Chewelah area, according to the National Weather Service, thanks to a robust winter storm that is expected to sweep through the Northeastern Washington region. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10 p.m. tonight to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Locations for this warming include Sandpoint, Athol, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Eastport, Schweitzer Mountain Road, Kellogg, Pinehurst, Osburn, Wallace, Mullan, Fourth of July Pass, Dobson Pass, Lookout Pass, Colville, Deer Park, Chewelah, Newport, Kettle Falls, Springdale-Hunters Road, Orin-Rice Road and Flowery Trail.
The National Weather Service estimates snow totals to be between three and six inches of snow in the next two days in the valleys while in the mountains a total between eight and 14 inches is expected, with the highest amounts coming in the Central Panhandle Mountains.
Warmer air could turn snow to rain showers in the valleys, which will impact driving conditions. Winter driving conditions are expected due to snow-covered roads and as temperatures warm above freezing in the valleys on Tuesday, the roads in valleys will become slushy. Southwest winds of 15 to 30 m.p.h. with gusts of 40 to 50 m.p.h. are expected.
Heavy snow in areas could make travel very hazardous or impossible.
A detailed view of the hazard area is at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=otx