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Winter Storm Watch issued December 07 at 2:37AM PST until December 09 at 4:00PM PST by NWS

...WINTER STORM FOR MUCH OF THE REGION POSSIBLE LATE THIS WEEK... .A LONG PERIOD OF LIGHT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL ADD UP TO POSSIBLE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OVER A 24 TO 36 HOUR PERIOD. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN THE CASCADES AND BEGINNING THURSDAY EVENING OVER THE REST OF THE REGION. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF OVER MOST AREAS BY LATE FRIDAY...SNOW SHOWERS

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Hi25° Partly Sunny

Tonight

Lo15° Partly Cloudy then Chance Snow

Thursday

Hi24° Snow

Thursday Night

Lo21° Snow

Friday

Hi29° Chance Snow

Friday Night

Lo21° Chance Snow

Saturday

Hi31° Chance Snow

Saturday Night

Lo22° Mostly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi32° Slight Chance Snow

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Patrick Simon leaving WSU hoops

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Patrick Simon, who helped lead the Ephrata boys basketball team to a Class 2A state championship in 2008 and a third-place finish as a senior in 2010, has been granted a release from his scholarship at Washington State and plans to transfer.

The WSU athletic web site announced Simon's departure on Wednesday and Ephrata coach Brandon Evenson confirmed the news this evening.

Simon, who would have been a junior at WSU this fall, is exploring his options, Evenson said.

Simon played in 29 games as a freshman in 2010-11, but saw his playing time cut a bit as a sophomore, especially during the Pac-12 season.

He was used almost exclusively as a 3-point shooter off the bench for Cougars coach Ken Bone.

In this writer's opinion, Eastern Washington would be a perfect landing spot for Simon. Eagles coach Jim Hayford's European-style offense would be ideal for Simon, an agile, sweet-shooting 6-foot-8 wing that can handle the ball.