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Spokane Schools delayed, dozens of districts closed due to heavy snow in Washington, Idaho

Dozens of school districts in Eastern Washington and North Idaho have announced school closings and delays because of heavy snow on Thursday, including Spokane.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Click here for information on school closings and delays for Friday, January 7, 2022

Information from Thursday:

School districts across Eastern Washington and Idaho were closed or delayed on Thursday because of heavy snow. Some schools are also planning to cancel or delay on Friday.

The storm, which started dumping snow overnight, is expected to bring more than half of foot of new snow or more to most areas, including Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

With so much snow, roads are difficult in many areas, leading districts to make the decision to cancel or delay school.

Central Valley School District is among the dozens of schools to close today. Other school closures include West Valley, Mead, and Moses Lake.

Spokane Public Schools announced a two-hour delay for Friday to allow crews to plow major arterials and streets in and around schools.

Start times for Spokane Schools:

8:00 a.m.

  • The Express childcare program

10:00 a.m.

  • High schools
  • The Community School
  • MAP
  • IST at North Central High School
  • Odyssey Program

10:30 a.m.

  • Elementary schools
  • Montessori
  • Pratt Academy

11:00 a.m.

  • Middle schools

Cancellations:

  • Pre-school programs
  • Tessera
  • Morning session at the NEWTech Skill Center for SPS students
  • Zero-hour classes at high schools
  • Programs usually held prior to the start of school

Here is a list of the school changes for Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Click here for the latest school closure information

Closed

  • All Saints Catholic School
  • Almira School District
  • Assumption Catholic School
  • Cataldo Catholic School
  • Central Valley School District
  • Cheney Public Schools
  • Children's Montessori Center
  • Christian Heritage School
  • Clarkston School District
  • Colton School District
  • Coulee-Hartline School District
  • Davenport School District
  • Deer Park School District 
  • Ephrata School District
  • Evergreen School District
  • Faith Baptist Academy
  • Freeman School District
  • Garfield-Palouse School District
  • Genesee School District
  • Harrington School District
  • High Bridge Learning
  • Kellogg School District
  • Kettle Falls School District
  • Kootenai Joint School District
  • Lacrosse School District
  • Lake City Academy
  • Lake Pend Oreille School District
  • Lapwai School District
  • Liberty School District
  • Loon Lake School District
  • Mead School District
  • Medical Lake School District
  • Moscow Charter School
  • Moscow School District
  • Moses Lake School District
  • Nespelem School District
  • Nez Perce Tribe Head Start
  • North Idaho Stem Charter Academy
  • Northwest Christian School
  • Okanogan School District
  • Omak School District
  • Orient School District
  • Pateros School District
  • Plummer-Worley School District
  • Pomeroy School District
  • Potlatch School District
  • Pride Prep (Remote Learning)
  • Pullman School District
  • Reardan-Edwall School District
  • Riverside School District
  • Rosalia School District
  • Royal School District
  • Soap Lake School District
  • Spokane Christian Academy
  • Sprague-Lamont School District
  • St. Aloysius
  • St. Charles Catholic School
  • St. George's School
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School
  • St. Mary's Catholic School (Moscow)
  • St. Matthew Lutheran
  • St. Thomas Catholic School
  • Trinity Catholic School
  • Troy School District
  • Valley Christian School
  • Washtucna Schools
  • West Valley School District
  • Whitepine School District
  • Wilbur School District
  • WSU Spokane Campus

Delayed

  • Big Bend Community College - Opening at 10:00 am
  • Chewelah School District - 2 hours late
  • Colfax School District -  2 hours late
  • Colville School District - 2 hours late
  • Cusick School District - 2 hours late
  • East Valley School District -  90 minutes late, buses on late start, no AM preschool
  • Grand Coulee School District - 2 hours late
  • Mary Walker School District - 2 hours late
  • Northport School District - 2 hours late
  • Oakesdale School District - 2 hours late
  • Onion Creek School District -  2 hours late
  • Southside Christian School - 2 hours late
  • Spokane Public Schools - 2 hours late
  • Steptoe School District - 2 hours late
  • Tonasket School District - 2 hours late, no preschool
  • Valley Summit School District

School Changes

  • Gonzaga Prep - Remote Learning
  • Lind-Ritzville Schools - Remote learning
  • Orchard Prarie School District - Remote learning
  • Pride Prep - Remote learning
  • St. John-Endicott School District - Online learning

Click here for the latest school closure information

Winter Storm Warning

Winter storm warnings are in effect for Central Washington, Spokane, Coeur D’Alene and areas eastward. The watch will remain in effect until Thursday afternoon.

Snowfall totals will generally be between four and eight inches across the area, including in Spokane. Northern Washington and far North Idaho could push six to ten inches of snow, with the Silver Valley potentially gaining upwards of 12-14 inches at the top end of forecast snow totals.

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Areas south of Interstate 90 may see the snow switch to a rain and snow mix by Thursday afternoon as the warm front advances into the region. The Tri-Cities are only expected to gain one to two inches of snow before a switchover to rainfall. In northern Washington and the higher elevations of the mountains, however, it's an all-snow storm.

WATCH MORE: Jeremy LaGoo's 2021-2022 winter forecast: What La Niña could bring to Spokane, North Idaho

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