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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)
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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
  • 24°

Bundle Up!

Cold, Arctic air remains in place through the end of the week. That means temperatures will remain -15 to -20 degrees below our average of 41° through Friday.

A series of storms heads back into the Inland Northwest Friday night into Saturday bringing the potential for 1-2" of new snow to the valley floors by Saturday morning.  The upside, temperatures slowly climb back into the mid to upper 30's into next week.  

Leslie

7-Day Forecast: Spokane

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 24°

Mostly Sunny

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 11°

Partly Sunny

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 11°

Partly Sunny, Overnight Snow

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 24°

30% Chance Snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 22°

30% Chance Snow

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

30% Chance Snow

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 24°

Mostly Cloudy

Currently in Spokane as of

  • 24°(Feels like 17°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.16 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:44:10 am
  • Sunset: 05:22:06 pm
  • Humidity: 44
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Deer Park

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 21°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 20°

Afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 16°

Snow showers in the morning

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 19°

Snow to start, then rain

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 14°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 16°

More sun than clouds

Currently in Deer Park as of

  • 20°(Feels like 20°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.15 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:45:09 am
  • Sunset: 05:22:16 pm
  • Humidity: 55
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Coeur d'Alene

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 27°

Partly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°

Plenty of sun

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 28°
  • 23°

Snow showers developing in the afternoon

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 19°

Periods of snow early

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 23°

Snow likely

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 14°

Cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 16°

A few clouds

Currently in Coeur d'Alene as of

  • 19°(Feels like 19°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.14 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:42:11 am
  • Sunset: 05:19:59 pm
  • Humidity: 68
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Fairchild Air Force Base

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 23°
  • 12°

Snow showers early

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 13°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 29°
  • 23°

Afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 21°

Snow showers early

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 22°

Morning snow showers, windy

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 18°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 19°

A few clouds

Currently in Fairchild Air Force Base as of

  • 21°(Feels like 11°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:45:30 am
  • Sunset: 05:23:50 pm
  • Humidity: 69
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pullman

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 24°
  • 14°

Cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 27°
  • 15°

Mostly cloudy

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

A few afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 23°

Periods of snow

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

Windy with snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 19°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 18°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Pullman as of

  • 22°(Feels like 22°)
  • Few Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:41:55 am
  • Sunset: 05:22:48 pm
  • Humidity: 82
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Sandpoint

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 24°
  • 10°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°

More sun than clouds

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 27°
  • 22°

Afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 20°

Snow showers early

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 23°

Snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 15°

Cloudy

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 18°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Sandpoint as of

  • 19°(Feels like 19°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:42:04 am
  • Sunset: 05:18:06 pm
  • Humidity: 63
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Spokane Valley

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 26°
  • 11°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 31°
  • 11°

Partly cloudy

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

Afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 21°

Morning snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 25°

Snow and windy

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 17°

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 18°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Spokane Valley as of

  • 24°(Feels like 17°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.16 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:43:14 am
  • Sunset: 05:21:21 pm
  • Humidity: 44
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheney

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 25°
  • 13°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 14°

Mix of sun and clouds

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

Snow showers developing in the afternoon

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 22°

Morning snow showers

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 24°

Windy, chance of snow showers in the morning

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 18°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 19°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Cheney as of

  • 21°(Feels like 11°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSE @ 8 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:45:00 am
  • Sunset: 05:23:36 pm
  • Humidity: 69
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Colfax

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 26°
  • 16°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 18°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 30°
  • 27°

Afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 25°

Snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 27°

Windy with snow

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 21°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 21°

More sun than clouds

Currently in Colfax as of

  • 22°(Feels like 22°)
  • Few Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:43:10 am
  • Sunset: 05:23:38 pm
  • Humidity: 82
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0
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