SPOKANE, Wash. -- Bitter cold winds in the Inland Northwest toppled trees and were likely to blame for wide-spread power outages Saturday morning.
Nearly 5,000 people lost power overnight Friday into Saturday, primarily in Coeur d’Alene and Central Spokane. Avista crews restored power to the many of their customers later Saturday morning. By the afternoon, however, over 600 people were still experiencing outages mainly in the Hayden-Rathdrum and Colville areas.
Extremely cold temperatures were expected to continue in the region through the weekend, with lows dropping into the single digits on Sunday.