Get ready for more late night thunderstorms

SPOKANE, Wash. — For the third time in the past week thunderstorms will visit the Inland Northwest in the darkness of the early morning. Here’s what you need to know.

Storms will fire up as we near the hours of 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The first storms to form will most likely be around the Palouse or Blue Mountains and track northeast. These will be fast-moving storms so any impact where you live will be in-and-out.

The main concern with these storms will be dry lightning, especially with some hot and dry days in the forecast later this week. Some small hail or some brief gusty winds isn’t out of the question though with one or two storm cells tonight.

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As we head into the early morning hours, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., Storms will track into the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area, Silver Valley, and the northern Idaho Panhandle. The odds for storms are highest on the Idaho side of the state line during this period. As we approach sunrise at 5:11, most if not all storm activity will be far to the north of the Spokane metro. For most of us, this is the end of the active weather.

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Also around sunrise is when we expect some rain and the occasional lightning strike east of the North Cascades. The Methow Valley and towns along the Okanogan River should expect some soaking rain through 7 or 8 in the morning.

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This blob of wet weather will be wrapped around the center of the weather system responsible for all this trouble. As the whole system moves east, the rain will as well, bring rain into Ferry and Stevens counties between breakfast and lunch. It’s unlikely that any rain will make it to Spokane later in the day.

FIRST ALERT 4CAST: Thunderstorms could wake us up again tonight – Matt