SPOKANE, Wash. — Large weather system in the North Pacific is slowly pushing onshore tonight and will slowly arrive in the Inland Northwest Wednesday evening and Thursday early morning.
This will be a widespread rainfall event with at least one batch of soaking rains for the entirety of the area. The first batch will be about one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of rain and then additionally scattered showers in northern Washington and Idaho through the afternoon.
Friday will be the next batch of widespread rain in the afternoon or evening hours. Scattered shower may linger all the way through Saturday morning.
In total, most areas will see about 1/2 an inch of rain this week with northern locations having the potential to pick up 1-2" of rain.
There is a small thunder potential Thursday afternoon, but with the amount of rain associated with the system, wildfires should not be an issue. Nor will flooding save for burn scars in the mountains.
Winds may gust up to 20-30 mph during the afternoons Thursday and Friday.
Temperature-wise, highs will be in the mid 70s Wednesday, but cooler on Thursday and Friday with highs in the low to mid 60s those days.
Next week, temperatures will be much warm, up to around 80 degrees.
-KREM 2 Meteorologist Thomas Patrick