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Real-Time Outdoors in Sandpoint


Get the latest information on prevailing conditions for excursions to our mountains, lake and streams – and even the heavens.

Current Weather

Weather forecasts and climate data from the National Weather Service and other sources.
- National Weather Service 7-day forecast
Windfinder wind forecast and maps
- Schweitzer weather forecast
- Climate summary from Western Regional Climate Center

The heavens

Geomagnetic forecast for the northern lights
Forecasts for solar activity and geomagnetic field disturbances that cause the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights.
- Soft Serve News Aurora Borealis Forecast
- University of Alaska Aurora Forecast page
- Learn more about seeing the northern lights in Sandpoint

Night sky events
- Celestial events and geomagnetic storm reports at
- Moon phases and planetary events at Farmer's Almanac Astronomy.

Air Quality

Use these links to see current and forecast air quality, as measured at Sandpoint and regional monitoring stations.

Regional Fire Watch

The active fire season in forestlands surrounding Sandpoint can run from May into October. Even fires far away in Washington, Montana or British Columbia can cause exceedingly smoky conditions here. Use these links to monitor fires occurring nearby and regionally, as reported by agencies charged with controlling wildfires:

Lake Pend Oreille conditions

Lake Level
See current lake level data for a gauging station near Hope. Provided by the National Weather Service.

Lake Guide
Get additional information about Lake Pend Oreille, including history, information on boating, fishing and sailing, a map and more, in Sandpoint Online’s lake guide.

Current regional streamflows

Real-time streamflow data, provided by the USGS Water Data department.

See all Idaho rivers

See all Montana rivers

See all Washington rivers

National Forests

Sandpoint lies within the boundaries of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, which is within the nine northernmost Idaho counties plus portions of Montana and Washington. Immediately adjacent to the east is the Kootenai National Forest, covering northwest Montana; and to the west is the Colville National Forest of northeast Washington.

Current snow conditions

Backcountry avalanche danger
Current avalanche forecast provided by the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Avalanche Center.

Schweitzer snow report
Check most recent snowfalls and snow depths at top of mountain and lodge, plus recently groomed trails.

Idaho snowpack
See current snowpack readings by basin and major drainages for Idaho, including Kootenai, Priest and Pend Oreille. Links to historic data also. Provided by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service

Road conditions

Idaho, Washington, Montana and Canada
Check road conditions for highways in the region in the Travel Center.


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