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Smoky Skies Force Changes in High School Football - Again

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Smoky skies from the Cascades to North Idaho are causing schools all over the region to postpone outdoor activities. (Courtesy: Robert Johnson, Moses Lake) Smoky skies from the Cascades to North Idaho are causing schools all over the region to postpone outdoor activities. (Courtesy: Robert Johnson, Moses Lake)
Smoke is especially thick in central Washington, where haze hides the bridge over the Columbia River at Vantage (Photo courtesy: Lisa Alger) Smoke is especially thick in central Washington, where haze hides the bridge over the Columbia River at Vantage (Photo courtesy: Lisa Alger)

For the second straight week, poor air quality has forced high school football programs to make adjustments to their schedules.

The game between Genesee and Troy, which was slated to be played at Troy was moved to Potlatch Friday afternoon. Administrators said the air was too smoky in Troy. Last week it was Genesee who played their game against Garfield-Palouse inside the Kibbie Dome because of the same smoky air conditions.

By mid-afternoon, school officials in Moscow canceled their game against Colfax.

Schools in Eastern Washington were also affected. Davis postponed its game against Moses Lake, while the games between Selah and East Valley (Yak.), and Othello and West Valley (Yak.) were also called off. And Highland also called off its game against LaSalle.

Colton postponed its game against Garfield-Palouse Friday night and said they hoped to play the game sometime on Monday.

Smoke from wildfires in central and eastern Washington are to blame for the poor air quality. Whitman County Public Health has gone as far as to recommend canceling outdoor activities and events until the smoke clears.

Forecasters, including SWX's Leslie Lowe, predict a weak front will move through the region on Tuesday that will probably scrub the air and improve conditions.

UPDATED: KHQ Weather Authority Forecast

Today's Forecast

Today's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 59°

Tuesday Morning Weather Update: Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms
 
Today: Cloudy skies and spotty showers throughout the day around Spokane...and a chance of isolated thunderstorms, mainly south of Spokane, this afternoon and evening. We have moisture streaming in from the southwest producing some of that rain today. Winds still stay generally calm, which means another nice window for firefighters on the front lines! High: 78°
 
Satellite & Radar: A large area of low pressure is barreling toward the Inland Northwest...that's going to produce some rain showers overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning, and as it moves inland tomorrow afternoon widespread thunderstorms look likely. Gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes, hail and brief periods of heavy downpours would all be possible with this setup. Lightning strikes obviously a concern to start new fires so a....
 
Red Flag Warning: is now in place across the lower Columbia Basin until 11pm on Wednesday. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible in that area today AND tomorrow. Lightning strikes and gusty outflow winds are the biggest concerns. 
 
7-Day Forecast: Some lingering morning showers still possible Thursday morning as this boisterous low pressure system pushes out of the area...we'll see clearing skies by Thursday afternoon. From then on and drying and warming trend is back on! Temperatures will be back in the 90s, with sunshine, by the weekend!
 
-Blake

7-Day Forecast: Spokane

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 59°

Isolated Showers/T-Storms

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 82°
  • 60°

Showers & PM T/Storms

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 73°
  • 52°

AM Showers, Clearing

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 78°
  • 53°

Sunny

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 56°

Sunny

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 60°

Sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 94°
  • 63°

Sunny

Currently in Spokane as of

  • 63°(Feels like 63°)
  • Light Rain
  • Wind: E @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:16
  • Sunset: 20:37
  • Humidity: 60%
  • UV Index: 10.00

Currently in Felts Field as of

  • 64°(Feels like 64°)
  • Cloudy
  • Wind: CM @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:14
  • Sunset: 20:36
  • Humidity: 65%
  • UV Index: 10.00

Currently in Deer Park as of

  • 62°(Feels like 62°)
  • Cloudy
  • Wind: N @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:14
  • Sunset: 20:38
  • Humidity: 60%
  • UV Index: 10.00

Currently in Coeur D'Alene as of

  • 59°(Feels like °)
  • Cloudy
  • Wind: @ mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:12
  • Sunset: 20:35
  • Humidity: 77%
  • UV Index: 10.00

Currently in Fairchild Air Force Base as of

  • 60°(Feels like 60°)
  • Light Rain
  • Wind: ESE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.06 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:16
  • Sunset: 20:37
  • Humidity: 71%
  • UV Index: 10.00

Currently in Pullman as of

  • 61°(Feels like 61°)
  • Light Rain
  • Wind: CM @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.08 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:17
  • Sunset: 20:32
  • Humidity: 58%
  • UV Index: 7.00

Currently in Sandpoint as of

  • 55°(Feels like 55°)
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Wind: NE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.06 in.
  • Sunrise: 04:09
  • Sunset: 19:35
  • Humidity: 77%
  • UV Index: 10.00