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Some snow expected to fall Monday in Palouse, Spokane areas, with limited impact on commute

<p><p>Spokane will see a light dusting of snow starting at sunrise on Monday, the National Weather Service’s Spokane office said. </p></p><p><p>From about 7-10 a.m. roughly¼ of an inch of snow is expected to fall in the Spokane area, said Ron Miller, a meteorologist with the NWS Spokane office.</p></p><p><p>After 10 a.m. an additional ¾ of an inch was expected to stick due to the around-freezing temperatures forecasted for Monday, he said. </p></p><p><p>A low of 24 degrees was forecasted for Sunday night, and the high for Monday was predicted at 33 degrees. Miller said wind on Monday would be “really light,” and the day would likely remain cold, cloudy and lightly snowy.</p></p><p><p>“We’re not now expecting much of an impact on the morning commute,” Miller said. “(Low temperatures) can actually help things because if the roads are nice and cold, and the snow is nice and cold, the snow tends not to want to stick on the road as much.”</p></p><p><p>Coeur d’Alene was forecasted to see about 1 to 2 inches of snow, according to the weather service.</p></p><p><p>Those conditions are normal for this time of year, Miller said, and a contrast to last week when Spokane broke several warm-weather records after temperatures hovered between 50 and 60 degrees. </p></p><p><p>“Last week was the weird weather, this week is going to be more normal weather,” Miller said.</p></p><p><p>The Palouse and Columbia Basin were expected on Monday to see more snow than Spokane, with 1 to 2 inches in Pullman and 2 to 3 inches in Lewiston, according to a graphic from the National Weather Service in Spokane. </p></p><p><p>Wind gusts on Wednesday were expected to reach the 35 to 45 mph range for Spokane, the Columbia Basin, the Palouse and Wenatchee areas. The wind means milder weather with a high of 41 degrees, but Miller said it will probably not feel like the warmest day of the week due to the gusts.</p></p><p><p>About 8 to 10 inches was expected to fall Wednesday in surrounding mountain passes, but will likely miss hitting Spokane or Coeur d’Alene with substantial snowfall, he said.</p></p><p><p>“The metro areas will see a dusting at best for Wednesday,” Miller said.</p></p> ... Continue Reading

Washington State, Miami to square off in Sun Bowl rematch

<p><p>Washington State will try for its eighth win of the year, and fourth under its new coach, when the Cougars cap this unique season on New Year’s Eve in a rare bowl-game rematch.</p></p><p><p>WSU (7-5) and Miami (7-5) are meeting again in the Sun Bowl – six years later.</p></p><p><p>Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. PST in El Paso on Dec. 31. CBS will broadcast the game from Sun Bowl Stadium.</p></p><p><p>On Dec. 26, 2015, in gusts and heavy snowfall, WSU picked up the first of two bowl victories in former coach Mike Leach’s tenure, topping the Hurricanes 20-14.</p></p><p><p>Since then, the Cougs have played in a bowl every winter – excluding coronavirus-affected 2020. They are 8-8 in bowl appearances, including another Sun Bowl win, a 33-27 decision over Purdue under coach Mike Price in 2001.</p></p><p><p>“This year’s team has worked tremendously hard to carry on the bowl tradition at Washington State and we look forward to writing the final chapter of our 2021 season,” recently hired coach Jake Dickert said in a press release.</p></p><p><p>The Cougars went 6-3 in conference play this year and had a slim chance of making the Pac-12 title game after their final game of the season. They were picked in preseason polls to finish last in the Pac-12 North.</p></p><p><p>They have won their past two games, both blowouts over Arizona and Washington. Roughly a day after WSU’s most lopsided Apple Cup triumph, Jake Dickert was lifted from interim to permanent coach.</p></p><p><p>The Hurricanes were competitive in Atlantic Coast Conference play all season, but fell late in a couple of seesaw matchups and suffered big losses to ranked foes Alabama – the top seed in the College Football Playoff bracket – and Michigan State.</p></p><p><p>Reports have emerged recently that Miami coach Manny Diaz may be on his way out.</p></p><p><p>Tickets for the Sun Bowl can be ordered at wsucougars.com, or by calling the Cougs’ ticket office as early as 9 a.m. Monday morning at 1-800-GO-COUGS.</p></p><p><p>Arizona State was picked to play Wisconsin in the Las Vegas Bowl, a destination Cougar fans seemed to be hoping for.</p></p> ... Continue Reading