Weather radar and satellite is showing a fair amount of shower activity and even limited embedded thunderstorms over portions of the Upper Columbia Basin this morning, as well around the Spokane area. Satellite suggest some showers over the northeast as well. An area of low pressure just off the Northwest Oregon Coast is the reason for the instability and the chance for showers and thunderstorms goes up to 60% for most of Northcentral Washington today with heavy downpours of rain possible, strong gusty winds and small hail. Afternoon high temperatures today will be well below normal in the lower 70’s. Most areas will have a least a slim chance of seeing a thunderstorm today, but overall best threat of thunderstorms remains around the Cascades and northern and eastern mountain zones, down into the Camas Prairie. The chance of rain goes down to 20% for the Wenatchee Valley tonight and on Friday with high temperatures tomorrow in the lower to mid-70’s. High pressure will take control of our weather picture on Saturday and through early next week with sunny to mostly sunny skies. Expect afternoon high temperatures Saturday in the mid to upper 70’s warming into the mid 80’s on both Sunday and Monday with lower to mid-80’s on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday.