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Gusty winds and a few thunderstorms for Thursday; Red Flag Warnings posted

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We have smoke and haze with us tonight, with a few isolated thunderstorms. We’ll pick up on more thunderstorms for Thursday and Friday, as an area of low pressure moves out of Canada.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, partly to mostly cloudy in the afternoon. A high in the lower 90’s for the Snake River Plain. Winds 5 to 10 mph in the morning, becoming southwest 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Friday

Mostly cloudy with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. A high in the lower to mid 80’s. Gusty winds at 10-25 mph.

The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low relative humidity, which is in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Thursday.

  • AFFECTED AREA…Fire Weather Zone 475 East Salmon River Mountains/Salmon NF and Fire Weather Zone 476 Lemhi and Lost River Range/Challis NF.
  • TIMING…Noon Thursday to 9 pm Thursday evening.
  • WINDS…West 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY…14 to 19 percent.
  • THUNDERSTORMS…Scattered thunderstorms for zone 476.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly based on these criteria for Southeastern Idaho:

  • Relative humidity at or below 15 percent and wind gusts of at least 25 mph in the mountains, or 30 mph in the Snake Plain.
  • Thunderstorm coverage of 25 percent, without specific rainfall
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Michael Coats

Michael is Chief Meteorologist for Local News 8 and Eyewitness News 3.

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