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Sudden snow storm sets stage for unpredictable winter


December 21, 2017

Paul Delaney

A late fall snowstorm fooled just about everyone as a predicted and routine 1 inch turned into a record 7.1 inches. To date over 15 inches has fallen at the National Weather Service.

Spokane set a new snowfall record, six days short of the official start of winter, when 7.1 inches of the white stuff fell on Dec. 15.

The storm forecast, which took most every expert by surprise, suggested the area would see about 1 inch. It surpassed the previous record for the date of 4.8 inches, set in 1963.

This early glimpse of winter is only a sample of what lies ahead as the Northwest faces a second consecutive La Nina winter.

Two months ago, retired Eastern Washington University geography professor and noted long-term weather forecaster Bob Quinn, predicted that our region's wea...

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