Wind gusts up to 60 mph expected in Spokane Monday afternoon; substantial power outages possible

<p><p>A warm and windy afternoon is forecast for the Spokane area Monday with gusts that could reach 50 to 60 mph. </p></p><p><p>Meteorologists expect the highest winds to blow into the Spokane area between 3 and 8 p.m. with wind speeds in excess of 30 mph, said Rebekah Cheatham, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane. </p></p><p><p>North-south roads could experience dangerous crosswinds, and substantial power outages are likely, she said. </p></p><p><p>Cheatham reminded residents to put away yard decorations, trash cans, and outdoor furniture if possible along with tying down outdoor items. </p></p><p><p>The windstorm isn’t expected to be as severe as the <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/nov/17/2015-windstorm-whipped-up-by-a-convergence-of-even/” target=”_blank”>2015 storm that caused millions of dollars of damage in Spokane and left thousands without power for more than a week.</a> That storm had peak gusts upwards of 70 mph, said Cheatham. </p></p><p><p>“This is going to be a faster moving front,” Cheatham said. </p></p><p><p>Gusts are also forecast to max out in the mid-60 mph range, lower than in 2015. The storm is expected to move through the region <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jan/13/wind-knocks-out-power-to-50000-customers-in-spokan/” target=”_blank”>even faster than the January windstorm that left one woman dead. </a></p></p><p><p>Winds will likely die down late Monday night and gusts will drop significantly, Cheatham said. </p></p><p><p>“Tuesday morning we may still have some gusts in the 20s,” Cheatham said. “Then throughout the day we’ll get down to some light and variable type of winds.”</p></p><p><p>There is still the potential for downed trees with soft soil in the region due to the recent rainfall, she said. </p></p><p><p>Monday is also forecast to be unseasonably warm with a high of 61 degrees. The record high at for Nov. 15 is 60 degrees in 1896, Cheatham said. </p></p><p><p>“There’s definitely potential for a tied or broken record,” she said.</p></p><p><p>Temperatures are expected to return to normal mid-week with high temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s, Cheatham said. </p></p>