Power outage leaves thousands in the dark across the Inland Northwest

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A regional power outage left nearly 17,000 people in the dark Sunday afternoon.

Avista reported about 7,500 people were without power across the Inland Northwest. Inland Power also reported about 2,100 customers without power. The largest outage for that company was in Bonner County. Kootenai Electric is reporting two separate outage zones, totaling to another 7,000 outages.

Avista restored power to thousands in the Hayden/Chilco/Twin Lakes/Athol area just before 8 p.m. Sunday.

The widespread outages had a big impact on Schweitzer Mountain. The resort shared on Twitter that the outage caused chairlifts to stall. Staff relied on a backup power system to get people down safely.

More snow is expected through Sunday. The National Weather Service forecast called for up to 8 inches of snow Sunday and Monday for Sandpoint. Snow totals are expected to be between one and two inches for Spokane.