Thursday promised to be the warmest day of the year, and that promise was met as Spokane, Pullman, Lewiston, Moses Lake, and a few other Inland Northwest Cities tallied their warmest day of 2019. For Spokane, 66° is still shy of 70 - which the average first 70° day is April 16th, so we're running a little late now this year.
May weather issue for Friday is the presence of an incoming weather system which is already dropping rainfall across western Washington. The Cascades will squeeze out quite a bit of moisture before reaching the Inland Northwest, so it doesn't appear to be a soaker.
Some spots may see rain as early as 8am, with the most likely timeframe for showers being in the afternoon and early evening. Locations south of a Coeur d'Alene to Tri-Cities line will likely see the most rain, including Pullman, St. Maries, and Lewiston. These spots also have the best chance for a rumble of thunder in the afternoon - although any lightning will be minimal at most.
Wind gusts will additionally be up to 30mph Friday afternoon.
Easter weekend is looking phenomenal with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and mostly sunny conditions both days.
Next week has a chance for showers Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures overall stay near average and/or mild in the mid to upper 60s.
- KREM 2 Meteorologist Thomas Patrick