They hadn’t had much winter – as they know it – in eastern Washington in 2011-12 but that just changed, and it’s likely to have some impact on the Stanford basketball team that’s to visit Washington State Thursday night.
It seems less likely to affect Cal, which visits Washington Thursday night. The Bears landed in Seattle early Wednesday afternoon. But they have other news: They just declared 6-10 Richard Solomon academically ineligible for the rest of the season.
Stanford’s travel plans call for an arrival in Spokane about 8 p.m. Wednesday and then a bus trip south to Moscow. That puts Stanford in the teeth of a storm that, as of about 2 p.m. Wednesday, has dropped about five inches of snow in Spokane and more to the south.
I’m in Spokane doing some hoop stuff the rest of the week, and I can attest to the inconveniences. A crawling car trip across Stevens Pass Tuesday to Spokane took nearly 10 hours.
A Tuesday-night TV weather report forecast anywhere between 10-22 inches of accumulated snow in the Palouse region by Thursday afternoon. The posted National Weather Service forecast as of 2 p.m. Wednesday was for a daytime accumulation of 4-8 inches in Pullman, another 2-4 inches Wednesday night, and another possible 5-9 inches Thursday.
At mid-day Wednesday, Idaho postponed a women’s basketball game with Nevada scheduled for Thursday evening and rescheduled it for Monday. The Vandals cited possible road closures.
California may get off easier, provided the Bears negotiate the slush-fest in Seattle. By Friday in eastern Washington, precipitation is expected to be in the form of rain mixed with snow, but accumulation isn’t forecast for more than an inch in Pullman. (That’s after another possible 3-5 inches Thursday night.)