SPOKANE, Wash.– After a gloomy, wet, chilly Saturday, the majority of Sunday is going to look and feel pretty good around here. There’s a strong possibility that Sunday will be the warmest day so far in 2022 in the Inland Northwest. Spokane has a strong chance to hit 70 for the first time this year and Lewiston is going to flirt with the 80s! Skies will still be on the cloudy side, but not as dark and depressing as Saturday.
Those warm temperatures come with a catch though. A strong cold front coming in behind the warm air will kick off some thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening. After a whole day of warmth, there should be plenty of energy available for these storms to be quite strong as they speed across our area. Storms will cross the Inland Northwest between 4 pm and 8 pm. One or two of these storms could become severe with damaging wind and large hail. Any storms that develop on Sunday will likely have lots of lightning. The strongest storms will develop over the Blue Mountains, Palouse, Camas Prairie, and the L-C Valley. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are at less of a risk for strong storms, but it’s not out of the question that we could be visited by some evening thunder.
If you have outdoor plans on Sunday evening, think now about where you can take cover if a storm pays you a visit, or wrap things up around 4 or 5 o’clock.
The weather cools down and calms down on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 60s and partly cloudy skies. Another system rolls in with rain for Wednesday and Thursday and will keep us on the chilly side going into next Friday.
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