Blowing Dust Advisory plus a possible lightning show and snow

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Notice it’s hazy outside from all the blowing dust? The National Weather Service has, too, and just issued an advisory.

Here’s how long it’ll be windy and dusty in the Tri-Cities, and when and where you can see thunderstorms and snow.

BLOWING DUST ADVISORY
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Pendleton OR
414 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
…BLOWING DUST ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PDT THIS EVENING…
WHAT…Visibility between one quarter mile and one mile in blowing dust.
WHERE…Lower Columbia Basin of Washington.
WHEN…Until 10 PM PDT this evening.
IMPACTS…Hazardous driving conditions due to reduced visibility.
You should not drive into an area of blowing dust. Remember, “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.”

Jason Valentine has your First Alert Weather at 5, 6 and 6:30 Thursday evening. Meantime, the NWS in Pendleton has info on possible rain and thunderstorms:

Kittitas Valley – Including Ellensburg and Thorp
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Windy. West wind 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 30 mph overnight.
FRIDAY…Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Windy. West wind 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph in the afternoon.

Yakima Valley – Including Naches, Sunnyside, Toppenish, and Yakima
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Patchy blowing dust in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Windy. West wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph overnight.
FRIDAY…Partly cloudy. Patchy blowing dust in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Windy. West wind 15 to 25 mph.

Lower Columbia Basin – Including Connell, Prosser, and Tri-Cities
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Patchy blowing dust in the evening. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Windy. West wind 20 to 30 mph.
FRIDAY…Partly cloudy. Patchy blowing dust in the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 60s. Windy. Southwest wind 20 to 30 mph.

Foothills of the Blue Mountains – Including Walla Walla
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Patchy blowing dust in the evening. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. Windy. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
FRIDAY…Partly cloudy. Patchy blowing dust in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Windy. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

Northwest Blue Mountains – Including Ski Bluewood Resort
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers overnight. Lows in the lower 30s to lower 40s. Windy. West wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 40%. Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain and mountain snow showers. Snow level 4500 feet. Highs in the lower to mid 40s, except in the upper 40s to lower 50s valleys. Windy. West wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain and mountain snow showers in the evening. Snow level 4500 feet in the evening. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Breezy. West wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

East Slopes of the Cascades – Including Cle Elum
255 PM PDT Thu May 6 2021
TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the evening, then a chance of rain and high mountain snow showers overnight. Snow level 4000 feet overnight. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Windy. West wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 50%.
FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Snow level 3500 feet. Highs in the lower 40s to lower 50s, except in the upper 40s to mid 50s valleys. Windy. West wind 15 to 25 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain and mountain snow showers in the evening. Snow level 3500 feet. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Windy. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

FIRST ALERT A.M. WEATHER: Very warm with gusty winds developing Thursday -Kristin