It's going to be a MESS in the WEST! A powerful storm is on track to move into the region late tonight and stay with us through Monday. There's a lot of ingredients in this storm -- heavy rain in the valleys, heavy snow in the mountains, possible flooding and extremely gusty winds across the Inland Northwest.
Look for a High Wind Watch to go into effect tonight for Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Pullman-Lewiston and the greater Columbia Basin. Wind speeds will increase around midnight, with the gustiest conditions during the day Monday. Sustained winds 35-45mph and gusts could get as high as 55mph. A Wind Advisory will be in place for the Lower Columbia Basin. Be on the lookout for downed trees and possible power outages.
Heavy valley rain showers Monday could lead to possible flooding. That said, a Flood Watch will be in effect for much of Eastern Washington, Kootenai, Shoshone and Latah counties. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tonight in Northeastern Washington and North Idaho. Areas above 4,000 feet could see 7-14 inches of snow, as well as blowing snow on the roads.
Wow! Grab the rain boots, umbrella and hunker down Monday. If you snap any photos of the wild weather, I'd love to see them! Connect & share them with me on Facebook! -DG