Soggy storms bring spring rain
Now that’s what you call spring showers! We had a number of thunderstorms that formed around the Treasure Valley today. Some of those storms generated pockets of heavy rain. They impacted Emmett, Eagle, Star, Garden City and more. In fact, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for portions of Harney and Baker County in eastern Oregon.
The storms that we saw today were pop-up type storms. They developed and remained nearly stationary until they would cycle down. As the cool air descended out of the base of these storms, it generated gusts of wind that would generate even more showers and storms. The end result, was a lot of rain for the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas.
Since little change is expected in the pattern, we’ll continue to see a weak low spinning around the Great Basin through at least Friday. The low combined with the heating of the day means more showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop in the afternoon and evening through much of southwest Idaho. The low is expected to weaken and slowly shift eastward Saturday and Sunday. Technically, this would help to bring in drier air from the west. But, until I see evidence of that taking place, I’ll have to keep at least a slight chance of showers in the forecast on Saturday. Hopefully, mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies will hang around through much of Sunday. The afternoon showers are expected to return around the first of next week.