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Smoky Skies Force Changes in High School Football - Again

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.

Weather Forecast Discussion

Today's Forecast

Today's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 26°

Snow Makes a Return

After almost two weeks in this inversion pattern, we finally have a mix up coming; and that means snow for many places across the Inland Northwest on Friday. Snow showers look to start up in Spokane in the late morning-early afternoon, and last until the late afternoon/early evening. Looks like around 1" possible in Spokane, but may see a bit more the further east you go.

Some pockets of freezing rain will also be possible in Central Washington, so either way take it easy on the roads! Should be drier on Saturday!

-Blake Jensen

7-Day Forecast: Spokane

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 26°

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 26°

1" of Snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 26°

Mostly Cloudy

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 33°

Chance Snow Flurries

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 33°

Cloudy

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 31°

Rain Likely

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 22°

Spotty Showers~Mostly Sunny

Currently in Spokane as of

  • 30°(Feels like 25°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:31:41 am
  • Sunset: 03:57:54 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 2.5 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Deer Park

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 24°

Snow

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 25°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 31°

Light snow at times

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 31°

Mostly cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 28°

Rain and snow showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 18°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 25°
  • 16°

Sunshine

Currently in Deer Park as of

  • 29°(Feels like 29°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: NW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.14 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:33:20 am
  • Sunset: 03:57:09 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 1 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Coeur d'Alene

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 26°

Snow

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 25°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 32°

Snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 33°

Mostly cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 29°

Chance of showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 18°

Snow showers early

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 24°
  • 15°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Coeur d'Alene as of

  • 30°(Feels like 30°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.12 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:29:54 am
  • Sunset: 03:55:29 pm
  • Humidity: 92
  • Visibility: 8 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Fairchild Air Force Base

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 24°

Cloudy with a wintry mix

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 24°

Mostly sunny

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 31°

Snow showers

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 32°

Cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 28°

Chance of showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 19°

Partly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 25°
  • 18°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Fairchild Air Force Base as of

  • 27°(Feels like 20°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:32:41 am
  • Sunset: 03:59:27 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 0.62 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pullman

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 26°

Periods of snow in the afternoon

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 25°

Cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 31°

Wintry mix in the afternoon

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 34°

Showers possible in the afternoon

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 28°

Mostly cloudy

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 19°

More clouds than sun

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 23°
  • 16°

Sunshine

Currently in Pullman as of

  • 30°(Feels like 22°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 30.12 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:26:59 am
  • Sunset: 04:00:46 pm
  • Humidity: 85
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Sandpoint

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 27°

Snow likely

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 26°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 30°

Periods of snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 30°

Rain and snow

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 28°

Rain and snow

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 16°

Snow showers early

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 24°
  • 15°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Sandpoint as of

  • 30°(Feels like 24°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.12 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:31:10 am
  • Sunset: 03:52:11 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 0.75 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Spokane Valley

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 28°

Periods of snow

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 27°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 34°

Periods of snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 35°

Cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 30°

Chance of showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 21°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 27°
  • 19°

More sun than clouds

Currently in Spokane Valley as of

  • 30°(Feels like 25°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:30:38 am
  • Sunset: 03:57:07 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 2.5 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheney

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 24°

Wintry mix of precipitation

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 25°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 31°

Chance of afternoon rain and snow showers

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 33°

Cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 28°

Showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 20°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 25°
  • 19°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Cheney as of

  • 27°(Feels like 20°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:31:55 am
  • Sunset: 03:59:41 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 0.62 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Colfax

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 26°

Snow likely

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 26°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 33°

A mix of ice and rain developing by afternoon

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 35°

Afternoon showers

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 29°

Chance of afternoon showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 20°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 25°
  • 20°

Abundant sunshine

Currently in Colfax as of

  • 30°(Feels like 22°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 30.12 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:28:33 am
  • Sunset: 04:01:12 pm
  • Humidity: 85
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0
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