June 15, 2011 in City, Idaho

Thunderstorms expected through 4 p.m.

By The Spokesman-Review
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These killdeer eggs were laying in a gravel drive in Pend Oreille County this week. The birds use small rock areas for nests. The matching granite rock shows how well camouflaged they are.
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The National Weather Service has issued what it calls a short-term forecast for the possibility of strong shower clouds and thunderstorms across northern portions of the Inland Northwest through 4 p.m.

The showers are forming into clusters and may contain lightning, hail, heavy rain and wind gusts to 40 mph. The line of storms is concentrated south of a line running from Colville to Priest Lake.

Earlier today, forecasters said a shot of cooler air is working its way across the Inland Northwest today bringing gusty winds and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

An upper low pressure area with cold air aloft has started to move from British Columbia across the region today.

Highs are expected to only reach the lower 60s in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

At 7 a.m., Spokane International Airport was reporting steady south-southwest winds at 17 mph with gusts to 25 mph and a temperature of 47.

The chance of showers continues tonight with a low of 46.

The low pressure area will continue to influence the region’s weather through the weekend, but temperatures are going to warm up a few degrees on Friday and return to about 70 in Spokane over the weekend. Lows this weekend will be about 50.

Coeur d’Alene will be a degree or two cooler.

Higher air pressure and warmer weather is expected to arrive early next week in time for the start of summer on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s high should reach about 80 degrees.

At 7 a.m., it was 50 at Felts Field, 46 in Coeur d’Alene and 48 in Deer Park and Pullman.

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