Severe thunderstorm watch in effect through Wednesday night
SPOKANE, Wash. — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Washington, Idaho and Oregon through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Services said areas in southeastern Washington and the lower Idaho Panhandle carry the greatest risk. Additional impacts from winds and heavy rains are possible in other locations.
The storm will begin in northern Oregon and will hit the Palouse around 4 p.m., according to the NWS. The Palouse may see hail up to the size of ping pong palls.
The storm will then continue north. Spokane and North Idaho will see the storm later this evening. Strong to severe thunderstorms, frequent lightning and torrential downpours are expected. Thunderstorms may potentially continue through the night.
Follow the latest weather updates from KXLY 4 Meteorologist Kris Crocker here:
The Washington State Department of Transportation is warning that thunderstorms will have an affect on drivers. They urge drivers to use extreme caution by slowing down, turning on headlights and increasing following distances.
Parts of Southeast Washington are being impacted by severe thunderstorms. Please use extreme caution driving. In these storms make sure to slow down, turn on headlights and increase following distances.
— WSDOT East (@WSDOT_East) June 26, 2019
The NWS Spokane radar is currently down for maintenance and will remain down through Wednesday’s storms.
If you would like to report activity during the storm, the NWS would appreciate your storm report. You can submit a storm report through social media, via the mPING app or at www.weather.gov/Spokane.
KXLY Meteorologist Kris Crocker said storms are likely to continue through Thursday, with warmer, drier weather moving in ahead of Hoopfest.
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