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Weekend weather brings potential for hail, damaging wind


Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday following a day of high heat. Tonight's overnight lows are expected to stay in the 50s to 60s, bringing little cooling relief before Saturday with temperatures getting up in the 80s or 90s.

These "July-type temperatures" are being followed by cold air, said Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service.

The greatest potential for storms in Whitman County begins Saturday evening around 8 to 9 p.m. According to Bodnar, damaging winds and hail are the greatest threats. There is potential for hail about the size of pennies. High winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour with possible gusts of 50 to 70 mph are forecasted. Rainfall will be spotty; storms will not always be attached to the winds. Storm activity is expected to continue into the overnight hours.

Sunday is expected to be breezy and cooler with temperatures in the 60s to 70s.


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