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Inland Northwest windstorm turns out lights

Saturday’s blustery weather caused outages and inconveniences in parts of the Inland Northwest.

Avista Utilities experienced a few scattered power outages. The largest, caused by a tree branch hitting a power line, cut power to more than 2,000 customers in Coeur d’Alene, including the Coeur d’Alene Resort, shortly before 1:30 p.m. Power was restored within an hour.

Earlier in the day, about 2,000 customers in the Hayden area served by Kootenai Electric Cooperative also lost power because of wind-related damage.

The Washington State Patrol reported the closure of part of state Highway 24 in Grant County about noon due to a large accumulation of drifting tumbleweeds. Snowplows were called in to scoop the errant bushes out of the road.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort in North Idaho canceled night skiing Saturday, and many parts of the mountain were closed during the day as wind gusts of 90 mph were recorded. The resort hopes to resume normal operations today.

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