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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
  • 32°
  • 29°

Slightly cooler and unsettled as we head into the weekend. Snow in the mountain passes and light accumulations expected for the valley floors.

Sunday's storm system will pack a bit more of a punch with 1-3" of snow expected in the NE mountains for places like Deer Park, Colville and Republic, but light accumulations around the Spokane area. 

Daytime highs will be in the mid to upper 30's with overnight lows in the upper 20's.

KHQ Chief Forecaster

Leslie Lowe  

5-Day Forecast: Spokane

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 32°
  • 29°

Sct'd Snow Showers

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 28°

Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 27°

Mostly Cloudy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 28°

Chance of showers

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 29°

Mostly Cloudy

Currently in Spokane as of

  • 35°(Feels like 35°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:27:23 am
  • Sunset: 04:34:47 pm
  • Humidity: 89
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Deer Park

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

Snow showers in the morning

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 33°

Mix of rain and snow

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

Mainly cloudy and rainy

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

Chance of a few snow showers

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 24°

Snow showers early

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 32°

Mix of rain and snow

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

Mix of rain and snow

Currently in Deer Park as of

  • 34°(Feels like 29°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.09 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:28:54 am
  • Sunset: 04:34:24 pm
  • Humidity: 92
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Coeur d'Alene

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 27°

Mix of rain and snow showers

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 33°

Rain and snow showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 31°

Cloudy, periods of rain

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 27°

Snow showers developing in the afternoon

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

Snow showers possible

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

Rain and snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 36°

Rain mixed with snow

Currently in Coeur d'Alene as of

  • 27°(Feels like 27°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:25:34 am
  • Sunset: 04:32:39 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Fairchild Air Force Base

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 25°

Clouds giving way to sun

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 33°

Mix of rain and snow showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 30°

Cloudy with rain

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 27°

Afternoon snow showers

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 26°

Snow showers in the morning

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 32°

Mix of rain and snow showers

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 35°

Mix of rain and snow

Currently in Fairchild Air Force Base as of

  • 30°(Feels like 21°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: S @ 12 mph
  • Barometer: 30.06 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:28:38 am
  • Sunset: 04:36:26 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pullman

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 30°

Showers possible

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 36°

Late day light rain

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 42°
  • 30°

Rain

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

Considerable cloudiness

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

Snow showers possible

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 34°

Rain and snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 41°
  • 38°

Rain

Currently in Pullman as of

  • 35°(Feels like 35°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: S @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:23:35 am
  • Sunset: 04:37:02 pm
  • Humidity: 85
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Sandpoint

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 27°

Snow showers possible

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

Rain mixed with snow

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 31°

Mainly cloudy and rainy

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 35°
  • 28°

Snow showers

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

Snow showers possible

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 33°
  • 30°

Light snow

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

Rain and snow

Currently in Sandpoint as of

  • 34°(Feels like 34°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.09 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:26:25 am
  • Sunset: 04:29:38 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Spokane Valley

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

Snow showers

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 36°

Mix of rain and snow showers

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 32°

Rain

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 29°

An afternoon mix of rain and snow

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

Chance of a few snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 34°

Periods of snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 41°
  • 38°

Rain and snow

Currently in Spokane Valley as of

  • 35°(Feels like 35°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:26:35 am
  • Sunset: 04:34:08 pm
  • Humidity: 89
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Cheney

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

Snow showers early

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 37°
  • 33°

Afternoon rain developing

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 30°

Chance of showers

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

Cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 34°
  • 28°

Clouds giving way to sun

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 36°
  • 33°

Snow showers early

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 36°

Mix of rain and snow

Currently in Cheney as of

  • 30°(Feels like 21°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: S @ 12 mph
  • Barometer: 30.06 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:27:55 am
  • Sunset: 04:36:34 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Colfax

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 41°
  • 32°

Chance of showers

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 40°
  • 38°

Afternoon rain developing

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 44°
  • 33°

Rain

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 39°
  • 31°

Cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 31°

A few afternoon snow showers

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 38°
  • 36°

Mix of rain and snow

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 43°
  • 40°

Cloudy, periods of rain

Currently in Colfax as of

  • 35°(Feels like 35°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: S @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:25:05 am
  • Sunset: 04:37:38 pm
  • Humidity: 85
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0
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