WEATHER ALERT: MAJOR THUNDERSTORM EVENT EXPECTED SATURDAY LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING

SPOKANE, Wash. — Severe thunderstorms are expected to roll through the region Saturday evening bringing large hail, destructive winds and torrential rains to the region.  These storms have the potential to produce:

  • Damaging wind gusts to 70 mph causing downed trees, power lines and roof damage.
  • Hail to 2.5″ in diameter causing damage to cars
  • Torrential heavy rain causing urban flash flooding and debris flows
  • A small threat of tornadoes

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has increased our threat of severe weather to a level 3 out of 5 scale.  This is is the first time the Inland Northwest has reached that threat level.

The storms are expected to develop over central Oregon mid-afternoon and track north through the evening.  The potential of severe weather should wind down by about 10:00 p.m.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for late this afternoon and evening for North Central Washington. 

Sunday will make way for partly cloudy skies, though there’s a 30% chance of showers before noon. 

Things will start to cool off Sunday, with highs expected to reach the mid-60s.