Happy Wednesday evening, everyone!
A FIRE WEATHER OR RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY FOR THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING LIGHTNING MOVING THROUGH THE REGION. CHANCES FOR STORMS WILL LINGER THROUGH FRIDAY.
AN AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY AT NOON FOR UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN CENTRAL OREGON.
Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies will be overhead apart from the heavy smoke. Moisture is moving up from the south as an area of low pressure pushes through the region. We have a slight chance for thunderstorms in Central Oregon tonight, but maybe across the Cascades.
Lows will fall into the mid 50s early tomorrow morning under partly cloudy turning mostly cloudy skies.
By the afternoon on Thursday Central Oregon welcomes a pretty good chance for some thunderstorm activity. We're hoping to see more rain than lightning. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 70s with some in the lower 80s.
Chances for thunderstorms linger through the overnight hours into Friday before things settle down. The front passing through will provide us with a change in the winds and cooler air, so hopefully we see a little relief in terms of air quality levels.