Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and others by 8 PM Wednesday
A large part of thunderstorm crossed south side of Spokane on Wednesday. However, the city of Spokane received winds and a few rain showers. The thunderstorm that will hit today will be one of the strongest one of 2019. The article will include some more information about the storm.
Mark Turner, weather service meteorologist mentioned, the radar of National Weather Service is not working as of now. The radar underwent an upgrade process and will be completed on July 5th, 2019.
The National Weather Services mentioned the areas in the lower Idaho Panhandle and southeastern Washington would be severely impacted by the storm. Due to the wind and heavy rain, other areas will be affected.
The severe thunderstorm will enter north. Spokane and North Idaho will notice the first thunderstorm of the year in the evening. Powerful to intense thunderstorms, regular lightning and heavy rainfall are expected during a thunderstorm. Thunderstorm might last for the entire night.
On Wednesday, the weather service recommended its weather spotters to be on alert and keep a watch on skies, especially in the afternoon and evening, because an important severe storm entered into the Inland Northwest.
The weather service used radar from Missoula and also satellite and lightning activity data in order to monitor the storm as it started moving to Oregon from the northeast, Robin Fox, meteorologist mentioned.
The National Weather Service tweeted on Twitter saying,
With Spokane radar down for upgrades, along with the unsettled weather pattern continuing through the week with a good chance of thunderstorms occurring today, we are urging all weather spotters to keep an eye to the sky and send in your spotter reports.
Counties to notice thunderstorm
The following counties will notice the thunderstorm on Wednesday by 8 PM namely, Asotin, Adams, Garfield, Columbia, Lincoln, Grant, Whitman in Washington, Spokane, and Benewah, Latah, Lewis, Kootenai and Nez Perce in Idaho.
Weather Service Prediction
According to weather service forecast storms on Wednesday morning might have brought wind gusts of 40 mph, lightning, and heavy rain. Regions worst affected are Palouse, Moscow, Lewiston, and Pullman. Although no flood was noticed, Turner mentioned.
Weather services forecasted that thunderstorm will be initiated in Oregon and will move towards northward and northeastward and reaches Washington and Idaho on Wednesday by 2- 3 PM. A thunderstorm might produce powerful storms, quarters size, wind gusts of 60 mph that may damage and destroy trees.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is issuing a warning against the thunderstorms. They say thunderstorm will mostly affect drivers and hence advising drivers to take necessary actions like reduce vehicle speed, turn on headlights, and maintain distance while following.
Kris Crocker, KXLY Meteorologist stated, storms will continue till Thursday with a warm climate and dry weather.
If you want to send storm images or report any storm activity, then you can post them on social media. The National Weather service welcomes such storm reports.
The Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington will notice storm at 2 to 3 p.m. while, Pullman, Moscow and Lewiston will notice it around 4 to 5 p.m. Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and other areas will have a storm at 7 to 8 p.m. I-90 will notice the storm threat at 6 p.m. Only after 8 p.m., the storm will not be strong.