National Weather Service
Hundreds of lightning strikes hit Washington overnight as thunderstorms rolled across the state and authorities are watching for smoke Wednesday to see if they sparked wildfires.
It was indeed a tornado that damaged several buildings Thursday in the community of McMinnville, southwest of Portland, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Nobody was hurt, but three commercial buildings, all of them used for storage, were damaged.
A freak snowstorm in May gave students a surprise day off on Wednesday in the Cascades town of Bickleton.
The calendar may say spring but snow is still in the forecast for parts of Washington.
Forecasters say a strong winter storm will blow into Washington Friday with high winds and rain in Western Washington, heavy mountain snow, and mixed snow and rain in Eastern Washington.
A Pacific storm is blowing into Washington Wednesday with gusty winds and rain in Western Washington and snow in the mountains.
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far are forecast in the next few days around the state.
Forecasters say cooler temperatures will follow Tuesday’s rain and blustery weather across Washington.
After drying out for a few of days, Washington is in for more rain.
Forecasters expect a series of strong storms will bring wet and windy weather to Washington through Thanksgiving Day with heavy mountain snow and a chance of flooding on some rivers.