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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 12 at 9:52AM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND TEMPERATURE INVERSIONS WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA THURSDAY

This Afternoon

Hi44° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Tonight

Lo33° Slight Chance Showers and Patchy Fog

Saturday

Hi46° Partly Sunny then Chance Showers

Saturday Night

Lo34° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo43° Slight Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi54° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Grant County Fair evacuated, residents urged to stay indoors due to severe thunderstorm

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The National Weather Service issued strong warnings about a thunderstorm moving across eastern Washington that forced the evacuation of 8,000 people at the Grant County Fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon.

The severe storm was expected to reach the Waterville Plateau around 8 p.m. The effects of the storm — including strong winds and dust storms — expected to pass through Douglas and Okanogan County.

The Weather Service issued an immediate warning just before 7 p.m. that the storm was capable of producing 60-plus mph winds, destructive hail, deadly lightning and very heavy rain. It urged people to stay indoors.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman said his office began evacuating the fairgrounds in Moses Lake around 4:15 p.m. and finished around 6:30 p.m. Some 8,000 people were there for the opening day of the fair.

Eastbound I-90 was closed at the Grant County-Lincoln County line due to a multiple vehicle accident with numerous injuries, Foreman said. The accident was caused by poor visibility due to blowing dust.

There is also a large wildfire south of the Moses Lake sand dunes being pushed by the winds that is threatening homes, Foreman said. “I hear the frantic fire command on the radio, so you know it’s big,” he said of the blaze.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to stay indoors as the storm approaches because of dangerous conditions.

 

Michelle McNiel: 664-7152

 

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