WENATCHEE — Finally, a break.
A thunderstorm that packed winds of more than 60 mph and knocked out power to thousands in Stevens County Sunday night missed Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.
The closest it came to NCW was Coulee City, said Ryan Fliehman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane.
“It was quite a widespread event,” Fliehman said. From Coulee City, it also hit Spokane and the Idaho panhandle.
The local miss was welcome after several weeks of storms, which left fire-ravaged hillsides susceptible to mudslides. Those slides hit the Colockum area hard where wildfire swept through the region in late July and destroyed homes.
NCW is not out of the woods yet, however. The National Weather Service is predicting scattered thunderstorms along the east slopes of the Cascades this afternoon and evening.
The good news: The storms should pack some moisture, which may help put out any lightning-caused fires.
More good news: The weather should calm down after today, with sunny skies the rest of the week. Highs will be in the upper 80s with lows in the mid 60s.