July 19, 2011 in City, Idaho

More rain and thunderstorms headed this way

By The Spokesman-Review
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The Gulf of Alaska is producing another summertime low pressure system that is expected to move across the region starting this afternoon with rain showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds.

Forecasters initially thought that partly sunny skies and a high near 80 in Spokane could help propel upward motion in the clouds, allowing for formation of thunderstorms, but an extensive cloud deck this morning has hindered development of convective clouds.

Rain, however, has been heavy briefly during the early afternoon in Spokane.

Spokane International Airport reported 0.04 inches of rain between 1 and 2 p.m. when the temperature dropped from 67 to 61 degrees.

Small hail may fall if thunderstorms form. Winds could gust to 25 mph in Spokane.

Much of the region is likely to see precipitation with the chances pegged at 50 percent between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Lows will remain in the 50s through the week, and high temperatures on Wednesday through Friday will be in the lower to middle 70s.

Another chance of showers arrives on Thursday.

Temperatures bounce back to the 80s on Saturday and Sunday with high in Spokane on Sunday of 89.

At 7 a.m., it was 62 at Spokane International Airport, 65 at Felts Field, 61 in Coeur d’Alene, 56 in Deer Park and 60 in Pullman.

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