The WIAA had the first round of today's state basketball tournament planned down to the last detail, but it never planned for this.
More than 6 inches of snow covered Spokane late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, putting the 3A boys and girls state basketball tournaments in jeopardy.
A little more than an inch of snow also fell in Seattle and Tacoma, raising concerns about westside teams making the journey to Richland and Spokane for their tournament games.
The good news is that no games have been postponed so far. Clear skies are expected in Spokane and Seattle through Saturday evening.
In Tri-Cities, there was a 30 percent chance of snow late Thursday night and a 20 percent chance of precipitation Friday morning, according to weather.com.
"According to the latest e-mail, we're still a go. Mercer Island is already in town," said Don Schumacher, the Braves athletic director. "The schools that really felt it were in the (Spokane) Valley. The roads were really bad, but snowplows were getting it cleared out of the city."
Kamiakin (girls, boys) and Southridge (boys) are scheduled to take buses up to Spokane at 11 a.m. for their 3A first-round games today at Spokane Falls Community College.
Cleveland High, which will face the Eastmont girls, reportedly left Seattle at 1 p.m. Thursday and arrived in Spokane safely.
"Right now there are no concerns. The roads are a little better," Shadle AD Tim Trout said. "This isn't typical for this time of year, but right now I see no problems."