Wild, wet weather in area forecast

A flash-flood alert also was issued.

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WALLA WALLA — At the risk of sounding like an old song, you could see fire and you could see rain this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms are expected to spread across the lower elevations this afternoon and evening and are likely continue through Sunday.

These storms could produce abundant lightning, hail, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 45 mph.

Due to the potential for lightning-caused wildfires, red flag warnings will remain in effect through Sunday evening across Central and East Central Oregon, portions of Northeast Oregon and the Blue Mountains in Washington.

Flash floods are also possible in areas where there have been active wildfires and burn scars from previous fires. Heavy rain over these areas may cause quick debris flows to form.

According to forecasters, an upper low pressure system along the coast is sending unstable, moisture-laden air into the Central Washington area. The system will be nearly stationery today, but will begin to move slowly northward along the coast by late Saturday morning. This will create a prolonged potential for thunderstorms for the region through the weekend.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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