Winter Weather Advisory - April 6, 2015

The Coeur d'Alene area is expected to be treated to another blanket of snow today with accumulations of up to three inches. Snow is not unheard of in the area through April, or even a few light dustings as late as the opening days of June in the surrounding mountains. However, as the area warms up, spring snow doesn't stick around for long.

Most of the snow that falls today is expected to melt quickly in the face of rain later in the day and a high temperature above 40o.

Rain showers are anticipated through the next few days with temperatures remaining cool, and the weather improving to "mostly sunny" for Thursday and Friday before returning to more rain for the coming weekend.

The text of today's full winter weather advisory is below.

... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING...
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... BRIEF ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 1 INCH BELOW 2500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 2500 FEET.
* TIMING... SNOW WILL START TO ACCUMULATE AS TEMPERATURES DROP TONIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO LINGER FOR VERY LONG... LIKELY ON THE ORDER OF MINUTES OR AN HOUR.
* IMPACTS... BRIEF AND SUDDEN WET SLUSHY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. THE MOST INTENSE SNOW SHOWERS MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AND SUDDENLY LOWER VISIBILITIES ON ROADWAYS IN ADDITION TO SLICKENING THEM. MOTORISTS TRAVELING HIGHWAY 95 AND I- 90 SHOULD PREPARE FOR THIS BRIEF RETURN OF WINTER TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
* LOCATIONS... MOSCOW... PLUMMER... POTLATCH... GENESEE... COEUR D'ALENE... POST FALLS... HAYDEN... WORLEY... PULLMAN... ROSALIA... OAKESDALE... TEKOA... UNIONTOWN... SPOKANE... CHENEY... ROCKFORD.
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... SNOW TO RETURN TO PORTIONS OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST FOR THIS MORNING...

Ice Skating Lessons in Coeur d'Alene

Date: 
March 28, 2015 - 11:15am - April 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
April 4, 2015 - 11:15am - April 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
April 11, 2015 - 11:15am - May 2, 2015 - 12:00pm
April 18, 2015 - 11:15am - May 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Come Learn to Skate at Frontier Ice Arena, 3525 W. Seltice Ave. 4-Week classes are $44, every Saturday, starting on March 28, 2015, and last class on April 18, 2015 (11:15 AM - 12:00 PM). Includes skate rental, 30-minute instruction, and sports accident insurance from U.S. Figure Skating, while you are skating. Classes are for all ages, including adults. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get fitted for skates. Be sure to wear comfortable, warm clothing, socks, mittens or gloves; a helmet is strongly recommended. You can register online at http://www.lakecityfigureskating.org/learn-to-skate-classes.html or by email at lakecityfs@gmail.com. Questions: Call Dean at (509) 998-0939.

Gardening in Coeur d'Alene

Click to view a larger version North Idaho isn't well known as a gardener's paradise. Long, harsh winters, early frosts in fall, heavy snowfall, late spring frosts and less than desirable soil conditions can make growing a garden challenging. With this year's unusually early spring weather, it is inevitable that many people's thoughts will turn to gardening.

The Coeur d'Alene area is largely a zone 6b area with outlying areas, primarily to the east, being Zone 6b. The immediate CdA area typically sees approximately 120-130 frost-free days and winters often reach lows between 0o to -10o Fahrenheit.

The University of Idaho offers this information about soil conditions and growing plants in Idaho's northern region. "The frost free growing season is about 90 to 150 days in the valleys and 60 to 90 days in the mountains. Soils in the region are generally slightly to very acid and range from sandy to heavy clay soils. Silt loam soils are common and poor soil drainage is often a concern. For this region, cold hardy, early ripening fruit and cool-season vegetable varieties perform best."

Despite the challenges of growing a garden in our area, it can be done very successfully with proper planning and a careful choice of the plant varieties.

Planting Days

Winter Storm Warning - January 4, 2015

...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 am PST Monday...

* locations...Coeur D'Alene...Post Falls...Hayden...Worley... Spokane...Cheney...Davenport...Rockford.

* Snow accumulations...5 to 10 inches. The higher amounts are expected in Idaho.

* Timing...snow will increase in intensity this afternoon and evening. The snow is expected to change to rain through the night and into early morning morning.

* Impacts...snow covered roadways will make for hazardous travel.

* 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.

Free Community Thanksgiving Meals - 2014

There will be three Thanksgiving Day meals provided for the community this year, serving thousands of people throughout the area.

Opening first on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, will be The Fedora at 1736 W. Kathleen Ave in Coeur d'Alene. The Fedora will be offering free Thanksgiving Day dinners starting at 11:00a and continuing until 4:00p. For more information or to see how you can assist, call 208.765.8888 or email holiday.fedora@hotmail.com.

The Lake City Center (see detailed post) will be providing meals from noon to 2:00p on Thanksgiving at 1916 Lakewood Dr. in Coeur d'Alene. Learn more by calling 509.226.3208 or emailing freethanksgivingdaymeal@aol.com.

St. George Catholic Church at 2004 N. Lucas St. in Post Falls will be offering a Thanksgiving Day meal from 2:00p to 4:00p. For more information, call 208.773.4715.