SPOKANE, Wash. — West Central Spokane saw more rain in 24 hours than the Spokane International Airport during the entire month of April.
West Central Spokane had nearly 1.5 inches of rain in 24 hours during Thursday’s thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. In April, measured rainfall at Spokane International Airport totaled 1.47 inches.
One gauge in West Central Spokane had 0.72 inches of rain in 20 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.
Some storm reports indicate that around one-third of an inch to one inch of rain fell in a very short period of time. Reports include 0.9 inches of rain in 20 minutes in Spokane and 0.5 inches of rain in 10 minutes in Chatcolet, Idaho.
Some areas of Spokane also have a shot at beating the average normal precipitation for May in the city. According to a spokesperson with NWS, the average normal precipitation for the month is 1.62 inches. Some areas of Spokane had 1.5 inches on Thursday.
According to the NWS spokesperson, the airport received 0.25 inches of rain from about 7 to 10 a.m. on Friday. She said this steady, moderate rain will continue to cause water over the roads, rises on streams and creeks and field flooding.
A sensor near downtown Spokane had measured 2.03 inches of rain as of 9:40 a.m., according to the NWS spokesperson.
Some people reported seeing snow in Spokane on Thursday. NWS debunked that myth for KREM. They said Mt. Spokane, which sits at 4,700 feet above the city, was 47 degrees at its coldest during the storm.
The snow people thought they saw could have been melting hail.
The rain is expected to stick around the Spokane area for at least the next several hours.
A Flood Warning has expired in Spokane, but a Flood Watch remains in effect through Saturday morning in the area. A Flood Advisory is also in effect in Spokane through 2 p.m. on Friday.
Steady rain all afternoon could include an additional inch of rain across eastern Washington and North Idaho, according to KREM Morning Weather Anchor Evan Noorani.
Some localized areas may see as much as 3 inches of rain before the weekend.
Showers decrease from west to east as night rolls around, and the weekend includes a brief break before wet weather returns next week.
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