The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Tri-Cities from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.
A south wind of 21 to 25 mph is expected, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Some rural parts of the Mid-Columbia could get gusts of up to 50 mph. Rain is likely, which should prevent blowing dust.
Weather that’s at least breezy, if not windy, is expected to continue through Thursday. On Tuesday, a south wind of 13 to 18 mph is forecast with gusts as high as 33 mph in the Tri-Cities.
The rainy weather this week and possible snow melt could lead to rising water in Mid-Columbia rivers.
The Yakima River could crest at 11 feet at Kiona Thursday and Friday, which is below flood stage but high enough that residents in low-lying areas should be cautious.