EUGENE, Ore. -- Thunderstorms are expected to move across Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington on Sunday, with strong cells dumping rain and hail in some areas.
Forecasters predict the region won't see a lot of rainfall from the storm, but rather heavy showers and hail from some pockets of the storm. | Current forecast
The National Weather Service reported 1/4-inch hail and lightning near Corvallis as early as 8:20 a.m. Sunday, with storms spread out across the Willamette Valley. Officials with the Oregon Country Fair said their 280-acre fairgrounds had some light showers in the morning as a storm passed through.
Thunder and lightning moved in on the Portland Metro area just before 1 p.m. Sunday, the NWS said.
The thunderstorms should die down as the sun sets.
Weather officials expect high pressure to build on Monday, bringing heat and humidity back to the region. A heat advisory is scheduled to go back into effect Monday at 11 a.m.
NWS officials suggest people avoid the dangerous lightning storms with these tips:
- Immediately get off mountain ridges or peaks
- Never lie flat on the ground
- Never shelter under an isolated tree
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
- Immediately get out and away from lakes and other bodies of water