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National Weather Service Spokane Washington
423 am PDT Mon may 29 2017

high pressure continues over the inland northwest through Tuesday
with unseasonably warm temperatures. There is a small chance of
thunderstorms in the higher elevations, otherwise expect dry
weather. This warm spell will contribute to rises on rivers from
the Cascades into north Idaho. A cold front arrives Tuesday night
with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms. This will be
followed by cooler and unsettled weather for Wednesday into the
rest of the week.


today through tuesday: warm weather continues, with limited shower
and thunderstorm chances. A ridge of high pressure centered over
the inland northwest this morning will start to edge east. Moisture
lingering around the north to eastern County Warning Area and increasing toward
the Cascades with be accompanied by the reemergence of afternoon
instability. Subtle vorticity lobes in the westerly flow and
orographic ascent will lead to an increase in cumulus about the
mountain zones this afternoon. This will be accompanied by a
slight risk for showers and thunderstorms in the Cascades, the
northern Washington and Idaho Panhandle mountains, as well as The Blues.
Tonight the risk will wane for most locations with the loss of
daytime heating, though some threat may linger near the Cascade
crest with the onshore flow. Tuesday the ridge axis shifts into
the northern rockies and the southwest flow increases. Moisture
further deepens around the Cascades ahead of the approaching
system. A limited shower and thunderstorm threat will be found
near The Blues and far northeastern mountains with the afternoon
heating and instability. A better threat of showers and
thunderstorms will be developing within the Cascades, especially
late. Middle to high clouds will gradually increase from the west
elsewhere. Easterly winds will increase. Temperatures will remain
above normal by about 10-15 degrees, with afternoon highs in the
80s to lower 90s. Tuesday will be the warmest day for most spots.
The main exception will be toward the Cascades where the increased
onshore flow and increased cloud cover and shower chances may
hold temperatures down compared to today. /J. Cote'

Tuesday night and wednesday: models are in good agreement in
breaking down the warm upper ridge with an initial short wave
passage and surface cold front Tuesday night and into Wednesday
morning. The main frontal transit will occur overnight Tuesday and
into Wednesday morning...not the most favorable time for serious
thunderstorm activity...however enough mid level instability and
plenty of moisture will be able to be exploited by the short wave
dynamics to produce a few thunderstorms moving off the Cascades in
the evening and nocturnally transiting the basin and northern
mountains overnight...and redeveloping with a surface based
instability component during the day Wednesday concentrated over
the Idaho Panhandle. Otherwise...breezy conditions will develop
over the basin as cooler air behind the front invades through the
Cascade gaps. A general threat of showers with a few thunderstorms
looks plausible during this evolution.

Wednesday night through sunday: although timing differences
develop between models through this period...all of them depict a
series of short wave disturbances transiting the forecast area in
a more progressive pattern for the remainder of the week and into
next weekend. None of these waves look particularly strong...but
each will be capable of triggering some showers or a few
thunderstorms mainly over the mountains north and east of the
basin...with occasionally breezy conditions in the basin itself.
Temperatures will cool back into the normal range during this
pattern...with mainly 70s readings in the populated areas during
the day and 40s to lower 50s at night. /Fugazzi


12z tafs: dominating ridge will lead to VFR conditions at all taf
sites. Isolated thunderstorms possible near the Cascade crest and
over the higher terrain of northeast Washington and the northern Idaho
Panhandle this afternoon, away from the tafs. /J. Cote'


Preliminary point temps/pops...
Spokane 86 60 87 58 75 53 / 10 0 0 40 20 10
Coeur D'Alene 84 56 86 55 74 51 / 10 0 0 30 20 20
Pullman 83 55 85 55 73 52 / 10 0 0 20 20 30
Lewiston 90 59 91 61 80 56 / 10 0 0 20 20 30
Colville 87 56 87 58 76 52 / 10 0 0 40 40 20
Sandpoint 83 53 84 54 75 49 / 10 10 10 10 40 40
Kellogg 84 53 84 53 76 47 / 10 10 0 10 30 50
Moses Lake 92 58 94 60 83 55 / 10 0 0 40 10 10
Wenatchee 90 64 89 58 80 58 / 10 10 10 30 10 10
Omak 89 58 90 60 81 53 / 10 10 10 50 40 10


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