Thunderstorms could be on the horizon for the Tri-Cities

The thunderstorms that rolled through northern Oregon and southern portions of Washington Friday night may be a prelude to more storms throughout the Mid-Columbia region this weekend.

There is a marginal chance for the storms to roll through the Mid-Columbia tonight and Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

Scattered thunderstorms could come through the region this afternoon. The highest chance to see rain is expected around 5 p.m. Saturday, the weather service said.

Accuweather’s weather radar at 5 p.m. was showing a storm system working its way north through central Oregon, with the path moving in a direction to where the storm could hit the Tri-Cities around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Wind is predicted to increase overnight, with breezy conditions expected to pick up closer to the Oregon border.

The weather service included the Tri-Cities in a red flag warning until 11 p.m. Saturday. That means any fire that starts could spread quickly in dry areas. Low relative humidity, strong winds and warm temperatures combine to create high fire conditions.

Friday night, a low pressure system pushed across the region, setting off a series of storms, mostly along the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Some did make their way inland, buffeting Hermiston with wind, lightning and thunder.

The Umatilla County Fair shut its gates for a short while during the storm, according to social media posts. The gates were open again at 10:15 p.m.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.