A fall-like weather system will bring a potent mix of rain and wind to the region starting tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm could dump an inch or more of rain on parts of Clark County by this weekend, forecasters said. On Saturday, winds could gust close to 40 mph in Vancouver, according to the weather service. High temperatures are expected to hover in the low 70s, which is well below normal for this time of year.
The rain will bring at least some relief to parched Southwest Washington, where fire danger remains high amid a prolonged drought. But good news for the west side of the state won’t necessarily mean good news east of the Cascades. Eastern Washington — where numerous wildfires are currently burning — is expected to see strong winds, but not as much rain, according to the weather service. Red flag warnings remain in effect there.
For Clark County, the cooler weather pattern will continue well into next week, according to the weather service. Showers may linger at least through Thursday.