SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — Many consider Memorial Day the 'unofficial' start of the summer season and it looks like mother nature will be pitching in for a dry forecast through the weekend too.
Spokane saw nine days straight of rain which led to above-average totals for the month of May. Since May 12, trace amounts or more have been recorded at the Spokane International Airport. The heaviest of days were May 17 and 18 -- last Sunday and Monday. Wednesday of this week brought record rainfall with a whopping 1.40 inches. This was a record for any May 20 in history, it was also the heaviest single-day rainfall since May of 2004.
But, the glimmer of hope going into the extended weekend is that dry skies are expected and so is some warmth. The Inland Northwest will see partly cloudy skies for both Saturday and Sunday with gradually warming temperatures into the mid to upper 70s.
Memorial Day itself will likely include a few showers toward the mountains. Only a 20% chance of showers is in the forecast for Monday which is a lower probability of precipitation that originally expected. Best case scenario, those clouds will hang over mountains only and leave lowland elevations like Spokane and Coeur d'Alene with partly to mostly cloudy skies.
So far in the month of May, Spokane has seen 2.42 inches of rain which is well above average for this time of year. With above-average precipitation over a shorter period of time, flood concerns are elevated into the weekend. Many rivers and streams have seen above-average levels this week. This puts nearby homes in danger, especially in areas under Flood Watches or Warnings.
Much of the north Idaho panhandle and southeastern Washington was under a Flood Watch earlier this week which could become a threat as temperatures warm up even more next week. Parts of the Okanogan River in Okanogan County also saw elevated flood danger with a Flood Warning in effect.
KREM 2 will continue to monitor these concerns in the coming days, but the break in wet weather that is expected into the weekend and next week should help lessen the ability of flooding to take place.